ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) Executive Director Shaheera Shahid on Saturday said “Kashmir was an integral part of Pakistan's identity,: our hearts beat in sync with Kashmiri brethren and we rejoice in their happiness and gloom".
The Kashmir problem is not an issue for Kashmiri people and it is also related to the foundation and formation of Pakistan," she said while speaking to the media.
Expressing solidarity with the people of Kashmir she said, every Pakistani was concerned with Kashmir issue and the sufferings of the people of Kashmir.Pakistan would make sure to highlight the Kashmir issue at every international forum and mentioned that Lok Virsa with an aim to create awareness among the younger generation about Kashmiri culture is making all possible efforts by arranging programmes and displaying the culture of Kashmiri people, she added.
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She urged the youth to make their lives constructive and meaningful and use social media to highlight more effectively the brutalities and savagery of Indian forces against Kashmiris in IHK.
These efforts had not only facilitated Lok Virsa to play its meaningful role as a national cultural organisation but also served significantly to promote, protect and project the rich culture of Kashmir at national and international level in an effective manner, she added.
She also emphasised on making youth learn and experience various cultural facets of our state, various languages, arts, traditions and imbibing in them a deep cultural awareness besides love and respect for their heritage.
The Executive Director said, Lok Virsa in highlighting the Kashmir cause through a cultural perspective remained hub of Kashmiri culture to entertain hundreds of visitors including families, children, and youth by creating awareness.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2018.