HOLLAND :(APS)Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid called on the Dutch Minister for Education, Culture & Science Ms. Jet Bussemaker on the sidelines of the 6th Asia-Europe Culture Ministers Conference here today. He discussed and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest in the field of education and cultural exchange programmes. The Federal Minister briefed the Dutch Minister about the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Pakistan and said that Pakistan was a land of world’s leading two ancient Gandhara and Indus Valley Civilizations that flourished some 5000 years ago. Despite many difficulties and odds that cropped up in the wake of Afghan crises since 80s, the people of Pakistan showed exemplary resilience and kept alive the art and culture of the country, he said, adding that, Pakistani artists, especially Musicians and singers experimented the blend of Western and Classical music and made their name all over the world in this genre of music that is called “Fusion”. The Minister sought Dutch technical help and cooperation in the field of perseverance of rich cultural heritage and Museum management and their marketing in Pakistan.
The Dutch Minister said that her country had been extending its cooperation and support to Pakistan in the education sector and possibilities to expand its scope to perseverance of cultural heritage, artifacts and capacity building in museum management could be looked into on receipt of specific requirements from the Pakistani side. She said that the Dutch Institute for Higher Education could also help in Students Exchange Programme whereby the Pakistani students pursuing their studies in the field of art and culture can attend their classes in Dutch Institutes. The Dutch Minister also appreciated the courage and role of Malala Yousafzai for girls education, who has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize this year for her undeterred resolve for the female education and said that she is a great inspiration and a symbol of hope for the young generation. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Mr. Moazzam Ali Khan was also present on this occasion.