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Pakistan, China Ink Cultural Exchange Agreement

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have signed an agreement of Executive Programme for the exchange of cultural activities.

Pakistan’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Maryam Aurangzeb and Chinese Minister of Culture, Lou Shou Kong signed the contract in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The agreement includes activities related to radio, film, culture, education, sports and youth of both these friendly countries.

Under the context of the agreement, both the states will cooperate with each other in films and broadcasting business.

There would be the exchange of news between Radio Pakistan and China Radio International.

At the same time, 100 individuals of Pakistan and China each will visit each other’s country.

The consensus was also built on conducting six days cultural exhibition in Lok Versa Islamabad.

20 million and 85 lakh rupees have been provided to media, film, comedy artists, drama artists who have done really tremendous jobs in their fields during the past seven years by the Federal Government under Artist Welfare Programmes, but sources told that only 20 million rupees have been handed over to the artists for their services.

Sources have also revealed that in the year 2011, the amount of 0.2 billion rupees has been allocated to Artist Welfare Fund by the Federal Government to appreciate their services.

The committee deposited rupees 0.2 billion in the bank and the profit earned from this amount was later distributed among artists for their financial assistance.

The Steering Committee membership involves Chairman President Mamnoon Hussain, Secretary President, Secretary Cabinet, Divison Secretary Information, NGO members Zaiba Mohammad Ali, Shahid Shafiq, Arif Habib, Ata ul Haq Qasmi, Qawi Khan, Mustafa Qureshi, Najibullah, Mohammad Anjum Akram Dost, Saira Kazmi, Asghar Nadeem and Syed Sulaiman Alvi.

Famous actor of Pakistan Drama Industry, Qawi Khan said that due to strong positive strategies and efforts of the contemporary government significant progress has been made in almost every field of life.

All the skilled and hardworking artists belonging to country’s media industry are the precious asset of Pakistan. Hence, the budget specifically allocated by the government for them is a very helpful step. Qawi Khan added.

The actor further said, after every three months, the Artist Welfare Fund holds the meeting. He concluded saying that all matters are resolved in a transparent manner.

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