LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal has said that it’s heartening to see that our youth is becoming the voice of Kashmiris.
He was speaking at a prize distribution ceremony for a painting competition on 'Kashmir Bleeds' held at the Alhamra Arts Centre on Thursday. He inspected the works of young artists on Kashmir and admired their efforts.
The minister also distributed cash prizes and certificates among eight lucky winners of the contest along with Lahore Arts Council (LAC) Executive Director Ather Ali Khan.
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The competition was organised by the LAC to highlight Kashmiris' movement for freedom from India. LAC invited people from all across country to participate in the competition. More than 80 artists from across the country took part in the competition.
The minister also admired the efforts of the council to hold various events at Alhamra to raise the Kashmir issue. He said that the incumbent government was raising the Kashmir issue in an effective way. India would have to end curfew in the occupied Kashmir and give access to the media in the held Valley, he added.
The executive director thanked all the participants for their participation with enthusiasm. He said that Alhamra was organising seminars, poetry recitals, walks, exhibitions and dramas to highlight their struggle. He congratulated all winners and said that the LAC hoped to continue the competition for upcoming years with more zeal.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2019.
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