Ambassador of Pakistan Masood Khalid and the SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov visit cultural display on March 26 at the SCO Secretariat in Beijing (FILE)
Titled as “Nine Magical Notes,” the Pakistan Culture Day was co-hosted by the Embassy of Pakistan to China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) at the SCO Secretariat in Beijing on March 26.
Highlight of the event was a soul stirring musical performance by Shahbaz Abdullah and Haroon Shad, two eminent pianists from Pakistan who played Pakistani, Chinese and western tunes much to the delight of the audience.
In addition, paintings by famous Pakistani artists, Pakistani handicrafts and artefacts were also on display. The guests also enjoyed a taste of Pakistani cuisine.
When addressing the event, the SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov said that the musical performance by Pakistani musicians during the event is symbolic as music brings people together and unites the world. He expressed hope that such events shall contribute to the deepening and expansion of cultural dialogue between the SCO member states.
Ambassador of Pakistan Masood Khalid lauded the efforts of the SCO Secretary General for hosting the event and said that such events contribute to strengthening of cultural linkages and in fostering Shanghai spirit between the SCO member states.
Khalid said that Pakistan is the birth place of civilizations, characterized by harmony and cultural co-existence between various segments of society. He termed music as a timeless manifestation of our culture which transcends geographical and cultural boundaries.
The event was attended amongst others by SCO Secretary General, Ambassadors of SCO member states and diplomatic representatives from SAARC countries.