Senate Body to dismiss Bill

ISLAMABAD (INP): Chairman Senate Standing Committee on National Heritage and Culture, Senator Afnan Ullah Khan presided over a meeting of the committee held here on Tuesday.
Senators Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Palwasha Mohammad Zai Khan, Khalida Ateeb, Fawzia Arshad, Falak Naz, Keshoo Bai and Rubina Khalid attended the meeting. Secretary Ministry of National Heritage and Culture along with other key officials graced the meeting with their presence.
During the meeting, the Committee unanimously resolved to dismiss the consideration of the “The Promotion and Protection of Gandhara Culture Authority Bill, 2023,” based on the committee’s consensus that the bill had been previously rejected in a prior committee meeting. The Ministry officials presented a compliance report on the recommendations made by the committee to date. Out of the 40 recommendations received, 32 were fully compliant.
The committee was also apprised of the Ministry’s initiative to develop indigenous cultural educational material for children in various mother tongues, including Urdu. Secretary Ministry of National Heritage and Culture confirmed that steps have been taken in this direction and discussions have been initiated with the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training. The Committee was also informed that a conference highlighting the “indigenous cultural education material for children in all mother tongues including Urdu” was held in Pakistan Academy of Letters on Sep 19-20, 2023.
Highlighting the importance of preserving culture and heritage as part of our national identity, the Committee emphasized the need to take ownership of these aspects, considering them crucial meeting points within society, particularly for the youth.
In response to concerns about language and translation, the Committee acknowledged the significance of Urdu as a unifying language for Pakistanis. It was suggested to address translation errors on signboards and airports, and the DG “Idaare Farogh e Qomi Zuban” pledged to pursue appropriate translations with relevant authorities. The Committee also deliberated on designating the “Karoonjhar Mountain Tharparkar” in Sindh as National Heritage. While recognizing its cultural and historical significance, Senator Keshoo Bai emphasized the importance of preserving this site for the Hindu community and the people of Tharparkar. The Committee called for the mountain to be protected from mining activities and recommended involving the Sindh Government in this decision.
Senator Mushahid Sayed emphasized the potential economic impact of preserving tourist sites to boost tourism, citing culture and sports as unifying factors within society. Looking forward, the Secretary Ministry of National Heritage and Culture revealed plans for the launch of a heritage app next week and a Heritage TV channel, underscoring the Ministry’s commitment to promoting Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage.
Furthermore, the Committee recommended an increase in the number of stores at Kartarpur Sahib and expressed their intent to visit the Kartarpur Corridor, emphasizing the enhancement of religious and heritage tourism in Pakistan.