Folk music cements people of different cultures together: Qaim

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that Sindh is land of sufi saints and the people living here believe in fraternity, tranquility and are lovers of folk music. “It is the folk music which cements people of different cultures together. This is why the people of Austria love our Sufi music.”

This he said while talking to Austrian Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Brigitta Blaha who along with Austrian Honourary Consul in Karachi Mr Babar Tajammul called on him here at the CM House today. Those who were present on the occasion were Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Additional Chief Secretary (Dev) Aijaz Ali Khan, Special Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and others.

Austrian Ambassador Dr Blaha said that she was going to organise a music festival in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. “We are working with National Academy of Performing Art (NAPA) and would take a delegation to 20 to 25 artists, including of folk music to Austria where they would perform and then our delegation would come to Pakistan in March for music festival,” she said and added that she loves folk music of Sindh.

Sindh chief minister talking about sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai said that he was considered one of the greatest poets in the world. His poetry has been translated in English, German and various other languages.”It is he who has taught the lesson of universal brotherhood and humanity,” he said.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah told the ambassador that there were lot of investment opportunities in different sectors in the province such as energy, road sector and tourism. ” We have a wide wind corridor for generating wind power. In Tourism Koragh Hill Station has vast opportunities of investment,” he said.

The ambassador, Dr Brigitta Blaha showed her interest in tourism sector and said that she would work on the investment opportunities and would be in touch with Sindh government.

ACS (Dev) Aijaz Ali Khan briefed the ambassador on agriculture sector and water treatment plants the Sindh government keen in install in Karachi to treat effluent of the city before discharging it into the sea.

He also briefed her on Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy of Sindh government under which provincial government develops partnership with the investors.

The chief minister presented a traditional shawl and memento of Sindh government to the Ambassador.