President approves financial support for deserving artists

Islamabad, October 06, 2016 (PPI-OT):President Mamnoon Hussain has given approval for financial assistance of more than Rs. 9 million to 34 deserving artists while chairing 05th Meeting of the Steering Committee of Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Thursday.

The President said that the artists are a national asset who are rendering great services in art and culture besides promoting soft image of the country. The President stated that the government is committed to acknowledge the services and contribution of the artists and ensure their welfare during their hour of need. The President said that the artists, poets and writers are cultural ambassadors and play a significant role in promoting social and cultural norms of a country.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi, Mustafa Qureshi, Muhammad Qawi Khan, Shahid Shafiq, Salman Alvi, Zeba Muhammad Ali, Asghar Nadeem Syed and senior government officials including Secretary to the President, Secretary Cabinet Division, Secretary Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and Special Secretary Finance.

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