President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan is a cradle of art and culture adding that artists and calligraphers are our valuable asset.
The President was addressing the launching ceremony of a calligraphy book ‘Allama bil Qalam’, at Foreign Office, Islamabad on Wednesday.
The President commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for taking the initiative of publishing this exquisite book noting that Quranic verses are presented in an excellent manner through the art of calligraphy. Foreign Office has highlighted positive image of Pakistan through the publication of this book, remarked the President.
The President stated that Allama bil Qalam is an excellent reflection of Pakistan’s culture and history. He further said that the book would be a guide to the youth in the art of calligraphy and an asset to the country. The President said that the art of calligraphy occupies an eminent position in Islamic and Pakistani culture noting that iconic calligraphists like Sadequain and Gulgee were born in Pakistan. The President observed that Mehrgarh, Indus valley and Gandhara heritage makes Pakistan prominent in the whole world.
On the occasion, the President felicitated the artists and called for organizing similar exhibitions for the promotion of calligraphy. The President hoped that the calligraphists would continue their good work in future as well. He assured them of patronage of the government in this regard.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security & Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage Senator Pervez Rasheed, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Federal Ministers and senior officials.