PESHAWAR - Caretaker Minister for Culture Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mussarat Qadeem has said that efforts were under way to finalize cultural policy of the province and if needed an ordinance could also be promulgated in this regard as culture is the very identity of a nation. However, she said that unfortunately, the culture has been disfigured the people of this province could not progress and some elements have restricted ‘culture’ only to singing and dancing.

She said this at a meeting with members of Culture Journalists Forum (CJF) headed by Ihtisham Toru here Sunday.

She said culture is a comprehensive subject which covers and includes everything and every moment of our life adding that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is rich in diversity of literary and cultural heritage; steps are needed for preserving and protecting our asset and are the best way to counter terrorism and militancy.

Musarrat Qadeem said that efforts would be made to provide security to artistes and singers who could play a vital role in boosting a soft image of the society. She said Pashtuns are peace-loving people and also loved their traditions and culture more than anything else.

Death comes to nations when their art and culture embrace death and Pashtuns will never die because of their vibrant and lively culture image, she said.

The caretaker minister said CJF has played its due role for promotion of art and culture in the militancy-hit province and arranged various programmes in collaboration with government to bring to forth quality artistic and cultural activities and also worked for the welfare of the poor artistes. The CJF apprised the caretaker minister of the production of substandard, low quality and obscene CDs and telefilms in the city in the garb of culture and strongly demanded to taken stern action against the culprits.

The reopening of Nishtar hall the lone city theatre hall for healthy literary and cultural activities and providing financial assistance to the deserving artistes and literati were some of the great achievement of the previous democratic government but more steps were need of the hour, the CJF demanded.