Islamabad, November 28, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Pakistan High Commission in collaboration with British Pakistan Foundation and Muslim Institute hosted an event yesterday to celebrate the cultural and literary diversity of Pakistan. The event included short readings from the fourth publication of Critical Muslim Series entitled “Pakistan?” and screening of a short film entitled “Postcards from Lahore”.
Speakers at the event included Syed Zulfiqar Gardezi Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Asif Rangoonwala Chairman of the British Pakistan Foundation (BPF) and Ziauddin Sardar Co-editor of Critical Muslim Series. The event held in the presence of Mr. Wajid Shamsul Hasan, High Commissioner was attended by a large number of British Pakistanis, says a press release received from London here today.
Addressing the occasion, Deputy High Commissioner Gardezi noted that the Pakistani society provided an excellent fusion of different ethnicities, culture, linguistics and political order which was bonded by one single identity of being Pakistani.
He said that it was of paramount importance to debate the varying perspectives of identity, religion, culture and politics in the rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected but ideologically divided world. The Deputy High Commissioner appreciated the contribution of Pakistani Diaspora which provides a strong bridge between the two countries and the services of the British Pakistan Foundation in projecting a positive image of Pakistan.
The periodical “Pakistan?” which is the fourth publication of Critical Muslim Series, examines the contemporary ethnic, societal, cultural and political issues of Pakistan and challenges the traditionalistic and apologetic view of how the Western media describes Pakistan. The periodical includes contributions from Pakistani and British scholars including Ziauddin Sardar, Muneeza Shamsie, Taymiya R Zaman, Taimur Khan among others.
The film “Postcards from Lahore” follows the journey of Aatif Nawaz – a young British Pakistani to the place of his origins and rekindles the fond memories of his childhood, when he visited Lahore as a 7-year old. The movie has won an Honourable Mention Laurel in the Best Short Documentary category at the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2012. Todd Shea Founder of the Comprehensive Disaster Response Services in Pakistan also spoke at the event.
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