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Cabinet Approval Of First Ever Film, Culture Policy A Historic Step: Marriyum

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APP83-30 ISLAMABAD: May 30 - Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb addressing a press conference. APP

ISLAMABAD, May 30 (APP):Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday said the approval of first ever film and culture policy by cabinet in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was a historic step and the government of Pakistan Muslim League (N) had laid solid foundation for revival of the film industry and preservation and promotion of national culture.
Addressing a press conference, she said serious efforts were made to integrate the national culture and heritage as envisioned by former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, as after the 18th amendment, when the provinces had attained autonomy, only national culture could have strengthened the spirit of unity among the people of different provinces including AJK and Gilgit Baltistan.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif constituted a committee comprising Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Attaul Haq Qasmi, Jamal Shah, Fauzia Saeed and other experts on culture from across the country and consultations were held with more than 100 experts to finalize the policy, she informed.
She said the new generation was alienated from the country’s culture, civilization and traditions because of the spread of new technologies and due to the rise in tendencies of extremism. “If the difference of opinion is due to some logic and reason, it is not an issue but when the differences reach the level of animosity then it is harmful. Those nations which are not tolerant cannot prosper,” she said. She further said cultural aspect was missing in the old curriculum but this time cultural issues were to be made part of curriculum.
She said films had been given the status of an industry and the film makers could now get facility of financing, adding film academy and studios would be set up, import duty on film equipment would be reduced to three percent, film finance fund was established besides preparation of an archive and database for films and dramas and the suggestion to formulate box office rating mechanism was also part of the policy.
The foreign film makers would get access to breathtaking and scenic locations of Pakistan and would get rebate for their film production in Pakistan, she explained. Pakistani films and dramas would also be exhibited in China, screening of Indian films on Eid days would be stopped and festivals would be held to boost local culture and films.
The minister said terrorism continued in the country for the last 30 to 40 years, and people of Pakistan, armed forces and law enforcement agencies offered unparalleled sacrifices, adding terrorism decimated Pakistan’s culture, film industry and immensely harmed our positive identity.
She said special focus was put on the welfare of the artists and an Artist Assistance Fund was set up to help those in need. The policy focuses on promotion of visual art, national culture and heritage, theatre, music, performing arts, preservation and restoration of archeological sites, arts and crafts, regional languages, folklore and projection of positive image of Pakistan in the outside world.
She said in the general election 2018, people would get the power to use their thumb to set direction of the country for the next five years.
She was confident that people will vote for Pakistan Muslim League (N) on the basis of its performance.
Talking about PTI’s step to take back name of caretaker chief minister for Punjab, she said it had become a habit of PTI to resort to lies, take u-turns, accuse others and create chaos. It was not a joke to run a government and represent the public, she remarked.
She said PTI was saying that it forwarded the name of caretaker chief minister Punjab in haste, adding PTI was in haste when it staged a sit in, locked down the federal capital, attacked Parliament and Pakistan Television. The solution to all the challenges facing the country was in continuity of democratic system.
To a question, she said any institution including NAB had to follow a procedure and rules and write to head of an institution to get access to information and record.
She said efforts of the current democratic government brought substantial progress in different sectors, secured foreign investment through China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, adding the government overcame the energy crisis and successfully tackled the menace of terrorism.
The minister noted that there was a considerable reduction in incidents of terrorism in 2018 as compared to 2013 when multiple terrorism incidents was a daily occurrence. The return of peace increased foreign investment and the government despite severe challenges carried out record development projects.
She advised the opposition to express its difference of opinion inside the Parliament instead of staging sit in at D Chowk. ”When opposition stages sit in and starts attacking Parliament and state television then it becomes dangerous for stability of the democratic system.”
To a question, she said the process of appointment of PEMRA chairman was initiated on the directions of Supreme Court and was completed in the stipulated time. Now the Election Commission has sought an explanation so the appointment was a matter between two constitutional institutions.
Those who were criticising the performance of the government should compare performance of their provincial government with that of the federal government.
All the inaugurations of development projects in the last two weeks was done by the federal government and the Punjab government and people were enjoying benefits of these projects.
She said the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa violated rights of the people and the party which was claiming to end corruption, locked Ehestab Commission in the province.

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