Federal Minister for National Heritage and Culture Syed Jamal Shah on Tuesday said that concrete steps are being taken to develop cultural infrastructure in Pakistan to attract international tourists, especially is from China. .
“We have beautiful locations, terrain and landscapes that can attract tourists from all over the world, especially from China. We just need to develop infrastructure to ensure tourists can access our cultural sites easily and safely,” he told APP during a screening of the Chinese film Batie Girl and Pakistan co-produced at the newly built Pakistan Embassy Auditorium in Beijing (PECB).
The minister, who is on a three-day official visit to China, said there are many attractive places for Chinese tourists in the country, adding: “We will develop them.”
Regarding cultural facilities in the federal capital, he said that as far as Islamabad is concerned, the federal government is responsible for it. Cultural infrastructure built by CDA will be renovated and restored.
He said there are many venues built to promote culture but have not been used for at least three decades. “I will develop these places and turn them into activity centers. »
Jamal Shah said that these places will not only become a legitimate reason for artists to earn a respectable living but will also contribute to the cultural life of Islamabad.
He announced that China is adopting technologies to preserve, develop and promote cultural heritage.
Pakistan has an important cultural heritage that needs to be looked after with utmost care, he said, adding: “We need to develop cultural infrastructure in Pakistan. I think China will always be there to help us. »
Assessing the cultural corridor, the Minister assessed that the cultural corridor should have been the strongest character. “It’s not because I’m an artist myself. But art and culture are the newest and most effective means of communication.
He believes that people and culture are the most effective and harmless because art and culture have never destroyed any civilization. Therefore we must create fair opportunities for art and culture.
When asked about other films that will be co-produced by China and Pakistan in the near future, the Minister said he is planning to produce more films with Chinese partners and added that there are many questions. Stories can be turned into great movies. informational film. APPLICATION