Kashif Hafeez Siddiqui

Current National Humanitarian Crisis & Ministry of Culture

In Govt. on May 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Yesterday night I received a call from a lady who was extremely shocked, angry & surprised on the program “Sindh Sargam” which is organized by Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) a body which works under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of Pakistan & the president of Pakistan is the chief patron of this ministry. The venue was Karachi Arts Council.

The program Sindh Sargam continued for three days, from May 26 to 28th (Keep in mind May 28th is Youm-e-Takbeer)Sind sargam where renowned Pakistani classical music singers performed.

I totally failed to understand the logic & purpose of any musical fun program in the circumstances where Pakistan is in a war like situation. Military action is on. Thousands of my own countrymen are now becoming IDPs & living in camps in extreme conditions. We are listening to the news of blasts & associated casualties every day, yesterday the victim was Lahore, today it is Waziristan & Peshawar. Daily we are observing the funerals of our soldiers who lost their lives in Swat. TV channels are telling the inside stories about miseries happening in Swat & Bunier.

The brutal fact is that Pakistan is facing very serious geo-political threats & national crisis now days. We are seeing the painful humanitarian crises in our beloved country. In the condition where we should demonstrate a serious attitude these type of programs convey a different message to those who are facing suffering & problems.

Shameful fact is that this program is co-sponsored by Jang group & GEO network which are media leaders; they should show a serious attitude & behavior.

This program simply conveyed the message that Ministry of culture is indifferent in this whole situation of crisis. We strongly condemn this attitude.

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