The issues of Pakistan’s image in the international media and specifically the Kashmir issue are something that every responsible citizen cares deeply about. Our prominent celebrities are not exempt from it. On various occasions, many of the celebrities have taken it upon themselves to paint not just a positive picture of Pakistan in the international media, but also to talk about the Kashmir issue.
Now, an official body is to be constituted where many major celebrities of Pakistan will play an advisory role on Kashmir Cause.
Aim to project a soft image
Shehryar Afridi, Chairman Kashmir Committee invited prominent media and sports personalities to join cultural, heritage and sports advisory board for Parliamentary Committees on Kashmir.
The due to be notified advisory board would be a creative alliance of some of Pakistan’s top media personalities from the country’s television, cinematic and sporting spheres, aimed at promoting Pakistan’s cultural richness both at home and abroad in a bid to project a soft image of the country.
Artists who have been invited to join were Humayun Saeed, Saba Qamar, Fahad Mustafa, Atif Aslam, Anwar Maqsood, Shaan Shahid, Ali Azmat, Yousaf Salahuddin, Saira Kazmi, Rahat Fateh Ali, Hadiqa Kiani, Shehzad Roy, Humaima Malick, Yousaf Salahuddin, Shaniera Akram, Adnan Siddiqui, Bilal Ashraf, Samina Peerzada, and Shafqat Amanat Ali.
Film Producers Jerjees Seja, Momina Duraid, and Ammara Hikmat have been chosen for the advisory role. Film directors Syed Noor, Nadeem Baig, and Bilal Lashari were also on the list.
From the field of sports Aisam ul Haq, Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan, Maria Toorpakai, Wasim Akram, Sana Mir, and Karishma Ali have been invited to join and will be notified soon. Ahsan Mashkoor has been notified as the focal person for the advisory board.
In a letter addressed to one of the advisory board members, Shehryar Afridi mentions, “To promote our cultural heritage and preserve our cultural legacy, we have decided to make you part of our advisory board on culture, heritage & sports.”
Further course of action, roles and responsibilities to be shared with the board before the first meeting which is due to be held mid November, the letter said.