Pakistan’s caretaker national heritage and culture minister visits Napa

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Union Caretaker Minister for National Heritage and Culture Syed Jamal Shah on Friday visited the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) and was briefed about various issues facing the academy.

Shah, who is also a veteran actor and painter, engaged with the senior management of Napa and listened to their concerns. After the briefing, he visited the college and addressed the media.

Pakistan’s caretaker national heritage and culture minister visits Napa

In his address, Shah emphasized the key role of culture and heritage in promoting unity in diversity. He highlighted some of the ministry’s initiatives such as the launch of a new channel, Virsa, which specializes in dramas in Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi, Pashto and other languages of the country.

He also expressed concern over the limited number of movie theaters in Pakistan and high ticket prices. He called for tax relief on cinemas so that private groups could invest in building more of them. He also vowed to improve the operations and status of the National Museum of Pakistan.

On the heritage aspect of his department, Shah said that after the 18th amendment, heritage sites were under the control of the provinces. He said his department wanted to work with the provinces to preserve these sites.

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