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January 17, 2011

Sindh for grant of visas to Indian intellectuals


January 17, 2011

Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo said on Sunday that she had approached Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for issuing visas to the poets, writers and intellectuals from India and other South Asian countries who wanted to participate in the 267th annual Urs of Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.
She said a similar facility was granted to the participants of the recently held International Urdu Conference.
Ms Palijo said this during a meeting of officials of her department to review the arrangements of the annual Urs.
She said her department would erect a monument of Shah Abdul Latif at Sea
View in Karachi, while a cultural village would be set up at Bhit Shah on the occasion of the Urs. “A round-the-clock Sufi Mehfil will also be organised.”
Secretary Culture Ilmuddin Bulo apprised the minister of arrangements, including face-lifting of the historical Karrar lake, setting up of 12 different entrance points and security arrangements.
Meanwhile, the provincial Culture Department will present sets of five books — including “Ganj Shareef”, the compilation of poetry of great mystic poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, and other books in Sindhi and English languages on the poetry of Shah Latif and another mystic poet Shah Inayat Shaheed — to 168 members of the Sindh Assembly today (Monday).
“Last year, the department had presented the copies of Shah Jo Risalo (Ganj Shareef) to Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro for the library of the provincial assembly and this year we will be presenting the sets of these books to the members,” Sindh Minister for Culture Sassui Palijo said while presiding over a meeting of the department called with regard to arrangements of 267th annual Urs of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.
She said the poetry of Shah Latif was an effective message against the extremism and terrorism through which we could succeed in promoting peace, love, unity and brotherhood in society.

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