Afridi calls for unity to project Kashmir

By: INP      Published: 02:38 AM, 6 Sep, 2020
Afridi calls for unity to project Kashmir

Pakistan Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Chairman Shehryar Khan Afridi has urged Kashmir activists to work together with the Kashmir Committee – @KCPak4 – to help preserve, project and proliferate Kashmir issue with its cultural aspect as fascist Hindutva agents are trying to damage the cultural heritage of Kashmir

Shehryar Khan Afridi expressed these views during a meeting with eminent actor, director and producer Shaan Shahid here at KC Chambers in the parliament. Shaan was accompanied by a delegation of his colleagues. 

Shehryar Khan Afridi said India’s occupational regime was making last ditch efforts to keep the Kashmir occupied and were employing all tricks to damage the identity and culture of Kashmir.

He said Kashmir has a unique and distinct culture and the Hindutva regime being led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was now targeting the Kashmiri identity and its culture.

He said the recent moves by Indian military regime proved that the demographic change plan was a principal component of efforts to damage the identity and cultural fabric and heritage of Kashmir.

“Hindutva regime has understood the fact that resistance runs in blood and breath of the Kashmiri people and hence efforts are on to damage the Kashmiri culture. Moreover, Kashmiri heritage is also being targeted during military operations in across Kashmir,” the Kashmir Committee chairman said.

He urged Pakistan’s film and drama industry to work on projects to preserve and protect the true culture and heritage of Kashmiri people who are under attack from Hindutva regime, a Nazi-inspired fascist government, from all sides.

Afridi said that in this age of information, cultural onslaught has been launched to target Pakistani culture and the federal and provincial governments would do whatever they can to preserve and protect our culture.

Ahsan Mashkoor promised the delegation to become its technological arm, which will abet the committee in Digital Content Distribution through the latest technical tools. He urged the committee to give distribution of content equal importance for creating content.

"Google is the greatest information aggregator in history, and two things win at google, Volume of content and Quality of Content. Therefore we need to ensure that we create an amalgamation of the aforementioned qualities so that our narrative remains relevant"

Lauding the services of Shaan Shahid, Mr Afridi said that late Riaz Shahid, Neelo Begum and Shaan have rendered unmatched services projecting Pakistani film industry and they are pride and assets of the country.

In his comments, Mr Shaan Shahid said that Pakistani culture was under attack from all sides as the past regimes "have left our cultural front open".

 “Culture is the biggest exportable asset today. We need to create a culture-friendly society. We have to guard our cultural borders. We need to bring our artists to the national mainstream. We have done little in past 72 years but we have to take immediate steps to protect our cultural heritage,” Shahid added.

Shahid said his team would help the Kashmir committee and other stakeholders in building narrative on Kashmir and projecting Kashmiri culture through films and drama. Shaan also said there is a need to engage our artists in mainstream art institutions.