Published On: Tue, Nov 14th, 2017
Published in Category: Islamabad

Experts, public representatives to preserve linguistic, cultural heritage of Chitral

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Islamabad: Reclaiming and strengthening indigenous culture of local communities including Chitral, the land of peace’, should be a 0ne of the top priorities for the federal and provincial governments.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also demand the governments to preserve local cultures and heritage while ensuring the wellbeing of ingenious communities as well. The speakers said this while speaking at the consultative meeting tiled ‘Saving out indigenous cultures-Chitral the land of tranquility’ held by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday.

Prince Iftikharuddin, MNA from Chitral, while covering different aspects of the cultural diversity in Chitral said that the future development projects in the area must include preservation of local culture and languages in their designs. He said federal and provincial governments as well as civil society should join hands for the measures to ensure that the development could not have its negative influence on local cultures.

Saleem Khan, MPA from Chitral there was dire need to mobilize resources to support indigenous communities and to be able them to keep their rich cultural traditions and heritage alive. He said that state owned as well as private media could play vital role in the preservation and promotion of the languages and cultural heritage of diverse cultural groups in Chitral.

The other speakers including Habib ur Reham, senior broadcaster, Prof. Israruddin, senior academician, Fakharuddin Akhunzada, linguistic expert and Syed Harir Shah, senior researcher, covered various aspects of indigenous culture, traditions and languages and said that it must be passed onto future generations as it’s our collective asset and heritage.

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