ISLAMABAD: Malaysia on Tuesday expressed keen interest in working with Pakistan to promote and enhance cultural heritage and ties.
This was discussed as Malaysian High Commissioner Ikram bin Mohammad Ibrahim visited the Lok Virsa Heritage Museum and Pakistan Monument Museum at the Shakarparian Garden Avenue on Tuesday.
Lok Virsa Executive Director Anwaar ul Haq briefed the envoy about Lok Virsa’s mandate, including research, collection, documentation, preservation and dissemination of Pakistan’s tangible and intangible heritage.
Furthermore, matters of mutual interest regarding promotion and projection of the cultural heritage between Pakistan and Malaysia were also discussed.
Later, the delegates visited the museum and the displays in Hall of Ballads and Romances showcasing love stories from four provinces of Pakistan including Heer-Ranjha, Dhola-Maru, Adam Khan Dhurkhaney and Hani Shah Mureed. They also visited the Hall of Music where the contribution of Muslims towards the promotion of musical heritage, displays on truck art, Swat valley and Kehwa Khana from Peshawar.
High Commissioner Ibrahim appreciated the work done at the hall of architectural crafts in preserving different architectural crafts patronized by the Mughal emperors during their reigns such as frescos, brick imitations, blue tiles, pietra dura work and mirror work.
Later the high commissioner visited the Pakistan Monument Museum which depicts history, struggle for freedom, birth and development of Pakistan as a progressive state presented through three-dimensional dioramic displays.
In his comments in the museum visitors’ book the high commissioner noted that the heritage museum should be considered as one of the greatest cultural and historical assets of Pakistan.
“The heritage museum offers concise succinct insights on the cultural life of the people of Pakistan and their respective tribes.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2019.