ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Friday that as a result of the efforts of the government in line with the vision of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the menace of terrorism had been controlled with peace restored in the country, adding that it led to the hustle and bustle of the sports fields and tourists spots besides the revival of the cultural activities.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Islamabad Spring Festival, she said that a positive identity of the country could be projected through the promotion of national culture, film industry and international sports.
She said that galas and film festivals, the revival of international cricket and visits to Pakistan by foreign teams were testimonies of the restoration of peace and security in the country.
Marriyum said that the difference in comparison with the past was quite visible as due to the prudent policies pursued by the government.
The minister of state further said that the tourist destinations of Pakistan were its real identity and every Pakistani wished to see them rehabilitated as usual. She appreciated the personal efforts of the interior minister, district administration of Islamabad and police for organising the festival in a well-disciplined manner for the citizens of the twin cities. She congratulated all for the wonderful effort.
Marriyum said that such festivals reflected true culture and civilisation of Pakistan. She revealed that the festival would be held in the capital every year in addition to the different recreational activities for the people.
The minister said that it would include musical concerts, mystic nights, chrysanthemum, poetic gatherings, different competitions and a number of colourful programmes for children, women and families. She said that a large number of families from the twin cities had come to the festival and were enjoying the event because such a beautiful event had been arranged in Islamabad after a long interval under the open skies. The minister, after inaugurating the festival, also witnessed the different performances.