Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Image building Initiative: Pakistan to set up ‘Culture Centre’ on Kartarpur Corridor

Atif Abbas

Islamabad: Pakistan has decided to build ‘Pakistan culture centre’ on Kartarpur Corridor to promote image of Pakistan along with indigenous folk heritage.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had performed the ground-breaking of the four kilometre-long Kartarpur Corridor in November last year.

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in the Kartarpur area of Narowal district of Punjab is the resting place of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Devji and one of the holiest places of the Sikh community. Thousands of Sikh devotees visit Kartarpur every year to perform their religious obligations.

Government of Pakistan has recently decided to establish a Kartarpur corridor to facilitate Sikh devotees coming from India and relaxing visa formalities for them. This decision has been overwhelmingly welcomed by people from all walks of life both inside and outside the country. This initiative can be utilized to project Pakistan’s rich culture for the visiting devotees and delegates from across the world.

The federal government will request government of Punjab to allocate one canal land free of cost at a prominent location on the corridor for construction of ‘Pakistan culture centre’ along housing arts, crafts and other culture objects representing all the four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK).The proposed centre will act as a display-cum-sale centre for these artifacts.

Officials told Newztodays.com that this effort would not only promote the image of Pakistan but it would also encourage indigenous folk heritage of Pakistan and traditional practitioners associated with different arts and crafts. In case, Punjab allocates land, sufficient funds are available with Lok Virsa for construction of the centre, officials said.

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