Islamabad -

Lok Virsa, Ministry of National Heritage & Integration, here on Thursday created a cultural diorama on Saudi Arabia "Al-Ghadeer" at Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (PNME).

For this purpose, Lok Virsa has allocated a spacious hall of 30x30 feet within PNME, Heritage Museum for which artifacts were being contributed by the Government of Saudi Arabia through its mission in Islamabad.

In this regard, a ceremony to inaugurate the space for the Saudi diorama was held at Lok Virsa Heritage Museum, which was graced by Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer and caretaker Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Shahzada Jamal Nazir.

Speaking on the occasion, Saudi Ambassador Dr Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer said, "Saudi Arabia attaches great importance to its relations with brotherly Muslim country Pakistan. Pakistan has a rich and diverse culture, which has been creatively presented at the Heritage Museum."

He hoped that formation of new government would overcome the big challenges faced by Pakistani nation and assured their support and cooperation for the newly elected government.

Federal Minister for National Heritage and Integration Shahzada Jamal Nazir maintained that Pakistan enjoyed cordial and friendly relations with the government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and these relations were time tested and based on the universal principles of love, peace and harmony.

Earlier, in his welcoming remarks, Lok Virsa Executive Director Khalid Javaid said, "Most of the museums in Pakistan are of archaeological nature which are a throwback from colonial times.

The Heritage Museum is the first museum of ethnology in Pakistan which presents the history and living traditions of the people of Pakistan both from the mainstream and the remotest regions of the country".

Heritage Museum depicts living cultural traditions and lifestyles of people of Pakistan having a covered area of 60,000 square feet. Besides thematic displays on the culture of Pakistan, the museum also presents link passages with those countries that have influences and affinities with the culture of Pakistan.

So far, link passages with Iran, China and Central Asian States including Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have already been set up at the Heritage Museum, which beautifully showcase the cultures of these countries. The cultural setting of Saudi Arabia is Arab and features many elements from historical ritual and folk culture.