Capital to have cinema house, film studio, film lab on fast track basis


Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday approved commissioning and construction of a cinema house, a film studio and a state-of-the-art film laboratory on a fast-track basis in the federal capital, following his commitment made in his address to the nation on the eve of August 14 (the Independence Day) this year.
This decision was based on the prime minister’s exhaustive sessions with artists and intellectuals from across the country held during the months of July and August 2011. As per notification, the premier also ordered establishment of the Federal Government Artists’ Fund with seed money of Rs 200 million. Renowned writers and artists from across the country will form part of the steering committee to operate this fund.
He also directed establishment of “National Book Museum” besides issuing a directive to observe 22nd April as national book day annually. Appointment of cultural attaches’ in Pakistan’s missions abroad where such posts do not exist presently was also approved. The inclusion of writers, poets and artists in the prime minister’s entourage during his foreign visits was also approved. Furthermore, opening of a classical TV channel to take care of classical music and promotion of Pakistani cultural heritage through feature films, drama broadcasting and other literary programmes was also approved.
Besides, organising more federal and provincial sports festivals, the Information Ministry was directed to enhance wages being paid to artists by the Pakistan Television and the Radio Pakistan.