Pakistan’s annual heritage fair promotes culture in colors

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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
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Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)
Updated 18 November 2019

Pakistan’s annual heritage fair promotes culture in colors

  • Lok Virsa art and crafts festival attracts thousands of visitors to experience country’s diverse culture
  • 10-day festival features food, native dresses, music, crafts, artisans, and performances

Islamabad: 'Lok Mela' by Lok Virsa is an opportunity for Pakistanis and foreigners to experience the diverse and vibrant cultures of the country’s four provinces and regions in a day during the 10 days of the annual folk festival organized in Islamabad.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Lok Virsa, the National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage which has a prime directive to preserve, document and promote Pakistan’s cultural heritage has been organizing this festival on its premises for decades in the hills of Shakarparian park. The fair kicked off on Friday and is scheduled to end on November 24.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Colorful pavilions representing Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu & Kashmir are exhibiting their respective cuisines, indigenous folk music, songs, dances, attire, crafts, and artisans have been a treat for visitors arriving in droves to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the cultural elements.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Each night the festival premieres a special musical event of a province or a ceremony with live performances or a theatrical show. For children’s entertainment, the organizers have set up a limited time period puppet show. The craft bazaar and dance performances would be enough to keep visitors occupied with enjoyment.  




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Several stalls, many managed by female artisans demonstrated the contribution of women in Pakistan’s economic process.

At the Baluchistan pavilion, craftswoman Aziz Fatima demonstrated her skills in Balochi embroidery, a centuries-old tradition she continues taught by her mother which Fatima intends to preserve by teaching girls in her community.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Lacquer artisan, Farhat Bibi from D.I. Khan showed her skills on how to protect woodwork and add designs by applying layers of the coating in different colors while the material is rotated on a simple wooden lathe machine. In the process, patterns are etched on the surface using a thick iron needle exposing each color as per requirements.




Festivities, foods, handicrafts and entertainment at the heritage festival of Lok Virsa in Islamabad exhibiting diverse culture from Pakistan's provinces and regions. (AN Photo)

Ameer Bukhsh from Kahror Pacca, Punjab showed his skills in Woodblock pattern using natural dye, a historical-artistic designing technique originating from the lower Indus valley around southern Punjab and most of Sindh. Bukhsh has imparted his textile craft training to family members and other artisans.

There are multiple attractions for visitors to keep people from all walks of life entertained and engaged. Arab News captured the moments to give a glimpse of the country’s cultural colors festival.


Pakistan police raid house of leader Imran Khan’s nephew

Updated 14 December 2019

Pakistan police raid house of leader Imran Khan’s nephew

  • The PM's nephew, a lawyer, was caught on video partaking in a violent protest at a local hospital, led by members of the legal fraternity
  • PM Khan, who has not commented on his nephew, has ordered an inquiry into the riot

LAHORE: Pakistan police raided the house of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s nephew on Saturday in eastern Lahore, after a video emerged showing him taking part in deadly hospital riots days earlier.
Three patients died, medical officials said, after roughly 200 lawyers stormed Punjab Heart Institute hospital in the city on Wednesday, vandalising property and setting ablaze a police van after a dispute with doctors.
TV channels ran footage showing Khan’s nephew Hassan Niazi, a lawyer, at the hospital and watching as a police vehicle was set on fire.
“The Prime Minister of Pakistan’s nephew’s house and other premises, such as farmhouse and business places were raided,” Punjab’s Minister for Information Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan confirmed at a press conference on Saturday.
Chohan, who said five locations had been investigated by police, added: “He will be arrested at any cost... all are equal in the eye of law.”
A senior police official also confirmed to AFP the raid was made early Saturday morning, but Niazi was not present.
In an earlier, now-deleted tweet, Khan’s nephew had expressed support for the rally but later distanced himself from the actions of the lawyers present.
“My support and protest was limited to initiation of legal action against the concerned doctors. I only stand for peaceful protests. It’s sad day and I condemn my own self for supporting this protest now,” he tweeted.
Around 80 lawyers have been arrested and Khan — who has not commented on his nephew — has ordered an inquiry into the riot.