Saturday, December 3

PM: (PM chairs briefing on National History and Literary Heritage Division)

ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasir-ul-Mulk on Monday chaired a briefing on functions and achievements of National History and Literary Heritage Division at Prime Minister’s Office.

The briefing was attended by Minister for National History and Literary Heritage Syed Ali Zafar, Secretary to the Prime Minister Mr. Suhail Aamir, Secretary NH&LH Engr. Aamir Hasan, Director General National Language Promotion Department (NLPD) Mr. Iftikhar Hussain Arif, Managing Director National Book Foundation Dr. Inam-ul-Haq and senior government officials.

Secretary NH&LH Engr. Aamir Hasan briefed the Prime Minister, in detail, about the mandate and achievements of the division and its allied departments since its establishment as a separate division in January 2016.

The Secretary presented highlights of various achievements made during past two years including holding of Vesak Festival in 2016 and 2017, promotion of cultural cooperation with foreign countries and sharing of cultural heritage, holding of National Calligraphy Exhibition in January, 2017 followed by first ever International Calligraphy Exhibition in August, 2017, arranging National Calligraphy competition and Exhibition in Islamabad and Faisalabad, establishment of Institute of Calligraphy in NLPD, holding of Nau-Rouz and Falconry events and publication and digitization of literary material of national importance.

While briefing the Prime Minister about the performance of allied departments and bodies, the Secretary apprised the Prime Minister about efforts being made for conservation of various heritage sites and promotion of subject of museology in the country.

He said that besides Urdu dictionary, an android application containing Kuliyaat-i-Iqbal has been developed and launched to provide easy access to the poetry of the great poet.

The Prime Minister appreciated various activities of the Division for conservation and promotion of national history and literary heritage.

The Prime Minister emphasized upon the need for greater coordination among the federal as well as provincial governments for the purpose of introducing rich cultural heritage of the country to the international audience and facilitating foreign tourists.

The Prime Minister also advised the division to explore avenues of enhanced cooperation with foreign countries especially those sharing cultural similarities and heritage.