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Global community can benefit from experience of Pakistan: Arif Alvi

25 March, 2019

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President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that after successfully addressing the challenge of terrorism, the country is on the threshold of change. He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony in connection with Nowruz celebrations held in Islamabad on Sunday.

Arif Alvi said that the global community can benefit from experience of Pakistan as it has learnt a lot while dealing with the menace of terrorism and extremism. He said Pakistan believes in peaceful neighborhood but desire for peace shouldn’t be considered its weakness it was capable of tacking all kinds of situations.

The President urged the Muslim countries to devise a joint strategy for dealing the phenomenon of Islamophobia.

The Central Asian countries embassies along with embassies of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran joined hands to celebrate Nowruz festival at the lush green lawns of Islamabad Serena Hotel.

These countries established there stalls where they put on display various items depicting the culture of the respective country.

Besides, a variety of food stuff was also made available on these stalls. The Central Asian pilaf (pullao) available almost on all stalls of Central Asian states became a must-eat dish. Pakistani visitors especially took a great interest in this kind of pullao and enjoyed the tasty Central Asian delicacy to the full. Likewise, pieces of art exhibited by embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan also attracted huge attention of the visitors. Pakistani visitors not only evinced keen interest in these items but also bought many of them.

Turkish Shawarma was perhaps the most-sought after delicacy. Albeit, price, for some, was on a higher side, even then people flocked to the stall to taste this unique Turkish delicacy. Shawarma is a Middle Eastern meat preparation based on the döner kebab of Ottoman Turkey. Originally made of lamb or mutton, today’s shawarma may also be chicken, turkey, beef, or veal, cut in thin slices and stacked in a cone-like shape on a vertical rotisserie.

Iran and Afghanistan stalls too had a lot to offer to visitors while the UN also established a stall on the venue. International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.)

Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Nowruz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature.

It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities. Azerbaijan is not a Central Asian country however it also takes part in the Nowruz celebrations. In Azerbaijan Nowruz is celebrated as coming of spring season.

President of Pakistan Arif Aliv who graced the occasion as the chief guest, congratulated the member countries for hosting such an impressive event. Dr Alvi also went to each and every stall; mixed up with the people and got information about various aspects of life style of the respective country.

The President while speaking on the occasion said, he was greatly touched by cultural performances of children. “It is always a pleasure to see children clad in beautiful dresses of their respective countries and presenting some extra ordinary cultural performance adding such performances in fact add true color to Nowruz festivities”. The President congratulated all the participating countries and providing people of Islamabad with an opportunity of having first hand information about various delicacies of these countries.

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