The ambassador of Uzbekistan has praised the historical cultural ties between Pakistan and the central Asian state.
The Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furkat Sidikov visited the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) here in Shakarparian, the other day.
“Uzbekistan attaches great importance to its historical cultural linkages with Pakistan. We are proud to have established our cultural corner at the Lok Virsa, which will be further strengthened in the near future,” the ambassador said.
He was briefed about the mandate and programmes of the institute by the Lok Virsa Executive-Director, Fouzia Saeed.
Furthermore, he was given a tour of the heritage museum, which depicts living cultural traditions and lifestyles of the people of Pakistan.
The Uzbek ambassador took keen interest in the various displays on show, in particular, the “Peshawari qehwa khana” and the “Hall of architecture” displaying 33 architectural crafts such as blue tiles, naqqashi (mirror work), marble inlay, wood carving, and tile mosaic work, which were a common feature during Mughal rule
Sidikov presented two framed photographs of Mughal emperor Zaheerud Din Muhammad Babur with relevant information on his life.
He also gifted an embroidered panel, the national cloth of Uzbekistan, called “Suzanna” to Saeed, for display at the Uzbek cultural corner of the museum.
While appreciating the gesture by the Uzbek embassy, the executive director said that the “Link passage with central Asia at the Lok Virsa showcases the cultures of all central Asian states including Uzbekistan and provides an illustration to the visitors about the cultural similarities that Pakistan shares with these countries.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2016.