ISLAMABAD - The plan to modify over a decade-old culture policy has gone on the back burner due to constant changes at the helm of Culture Ministry in addition to the lack of interest by most of the stakeholders involved in the process. After a long period of 12 years, 7 the ministry of culture in 2007 decided to revised the culture policy that was formulated way back in 1995. Former PPP leader and a literary figure Fakhar Zaman had formulated the old policy. As official sources revealed that the old policy mostly contained philosophical ideas but ministry wants to introduce balanced and positive policy that would have all necessary characteristics to meet the future challenges and for creating soft and positive image of the country, he added. High official of Culture Ministry often claimed being in process of introducing revised policy that would be match with requirement of new developments. They had also announced about introducing an action-oriented policy with certain amendments in view of changed circumstances and would cover culture-related subjects even at grassroots level. So far compiled text of the revised policy revealed that the new policy would contain many basic principles from the original cultural policy. Preserving cultural heritage of Pakistan, providing healthy environment for training, education and performance of different cultural activities, eradicating the cultural of violence, terrorism and fanaticism, intolerance and imposed patterns would key objectives of revise policy. In the recent past, the official of the ministry was gearing up efforts to present revised policy to the government for final approval .on the condition of anonymity official sources told TheNation here, " Ex-Chairman Lok Virsa, Uxi Mufti, was in process of writing his comments for revised policy, the task was given to him by the Culture Ministry, however due to his sudden termination, the process of formulating policy hit snags". On the other side, the officials of the ministry are of the view that they want to formulate policy keeping in view of general public and with consultation of vital stakeholders. A website had also been launched for seeking suggestions on the draft cultural policy, but during last one year the ministry could not get positive feedback. It is pertinent to mention here that initially, Additional Secretary of Culture Shahnaz Hamad was given this task but due to her transfer to Karachi, Culture Secretary Shahid Rafi took this responsibility. During process of finalizing draft of the policy, the ministry had launched its website and invited views and comments from arts professionals, members of the public, stakeholders, including cultural departments of provinces.