Playing the traditional music instruments including rubab, wearing the culture dresses, performing the traditional dance Attanr and peace walk – the students of Government College University Lahore on Thursday celebrated the Pashtun Cultural Festival on the campus with enthusiasm.
The event was aimed at presenting the beautiful Pashtun Culture to external world, and promoting social and cultural integration among students.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi inaugurated the festival which was marked by traditional food stalls, drama and live music. However, the traditional dance performances by groups of students remained the most enthralling event of the day.
The venue was decorated in traditional Pashtun style.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Zaidi laid a stress on promoting and keeping alive Pakistan’s core values and strong cultural heritage, saying that the western culture is rapidly promoting because youth are not being provided such opportunities to understand and promote their culture.
He announced organizing the Pakistan Cultural Festival at GCU Lahore on March 23, 2021 in which cultures of all provinces and areas of Pakistan would be exhibited and celebrated with unity.
He hoped that such events would culturally educate youth and motivate them to preserve and promote Pakistan’s culture. He pledged to continue organizing such cultural festivals to promote love, tolerance and harmony.
Earlier, Pashtun students told the Vice Chancellor that there was a long story of wars and destructions on Pashtun inhabiting areas of Pakistan. “This war had led to the misrepresentation of Pashtuns and its various cultural and historical features. Therefore this generation considers it a need of the hour to struggle for a sort of political consciousness where the sad part of history is given up and where an actual and just representation of the community gets its establishment,” they said.