Islamabad, April 19, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, said that that the magnificent rose flower is an integral part of our culture, traditions, society and religion, which is called as the ‘Queen of Flowers’ as well as ‘King of Flowers’.
Addressing the Rose Festival – 2015 here on Sunday as a chief guest, the federal minister said that the majestic flower indicates that both kingliness (majesty, status and power) and queenliness (beauty, grace and cultural refinement) are its inherent qualities. More importantly, it is queen of the flowers.
The Rose Festival was organised by the Pakistan National Rose Society (PNRS) here at the Nzariya Pakistan Council Building at the F-9 Park. Around 1,700 kinds of the rose flowers, ranging in sizes from compact, miniature roses to climbers that can reach seven meters in height, were put for exhibition for the general public at the festival, according to PNRS members.
“No other flowers surpass it for its beauty, colour and fragrance. This is the reason why it is considered as a universally favourite flowers. Without roses gardens are not considered as complete,” he said in an emotive tone. Festivals like this Rose Festivals are of paramount importance for highlighting the significance of the rose flowers and their medicinal properties, in shape of rose water, rose jelly, rose oil and rose seeds, are often not valued, he told participants of the inaugural ceremony.
Mushahid Ullah Khan told the participants of the festivals that roses, that have existed on earth even before humans, have attracted humans of every nature deeply and used them to depict their even inexpressible feelings to others for beauty and love from away back in time. Poets all over the world have also signified characteristics, values and rich properties of the rose flowers through poetry, he said.
The great philosopher and poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal also wrote several stanzas about the rose, highlighting unprecedented importance of the rose flower, particularly the red one, the minister pointed out. Roses are more relevant today, Mushahid Ullah Khan stressed.
“Our environment has become contaminated, causing stinking smell all around us. However, widespread plantation of rose flowers are inevitable to make the environment perfumed. President PNRS Iftikhar Ahmad Awan, Patron-in-Chief PNRS Mian Zafar Iqbal, Secretary General PNRS Lt. Col. (Rs) S.A. Shakoor and Patron and Editor PNRS Dr. Mahmood Hashmi, among others, also spoke the event.
PNRS members, who spoke to the event, shed light on the historical, cultural, societial, traditional and religious aspects of the flower. Earlier, the minister along with members of the PNRS took tour of the roses put on exhibition at the festival and generously appreciated the PNRS for organizing the rose festival for the general public and those who take interest in the flowers.
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