ISLAMABAD - Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage in a meeting with Yao Jing, Ambassador of China to Pakistan has said that Pakistan is keen to expand cooperation with China in the field of film, media, culture and heritage.

She said that Pakistan cherishes its unique ties with all weather and time- tested friend as both countries carry a legacy of cooperation, the foundation of which was laid by their ancestors.

She said that one belt one road initiative by President Xi Jinping would prove instrumental to establishing cultural linkage and benefit the people of both the countries and beyond.

She said that sustainability of economic cooperation entails mutual understanding of each other culture, values and heritage.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Pakistan with its diverse culture, multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic society offers myriad opportunities for collaboration in the field of culture and tourism.

Pakistan would like to convert CPEC into a cultural corridor marked by frequent exchange of artiest, film, TV dramas and serials, arts and crafts, she added.

She said that the executive programme of cultural agreement signed between the government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and People’s Republic of China will provide various incentives for innovation and ingenuity, particularly in the arena of cultural exchanges and collaboration.

She said that government had announced first ever film policy with the view to revive the dormant industry and cinema.

She said that Pakistan had learnt a lot from Chinese model in the realm of film and would further like to enhance cooperation and joint ventures in films, production and broadcast.

During the meeting both Ambassador and Minister of State discussed in detail the cooperation in the field of media, information and culture particularly the follow up of the Minister’s recent visit to China and executive cultural programme.

Marriyum Aurangzeb told the Ambassador that two Pakistani movies would be screened in Chinese Cinema soon and hoped that exchange of films would enable the people of both countries to understand each others culture and values.

The Ambassador commended the efforts of the Minister in regards to strengthening and promoting bilateral ties and cooperation with China, especially in the field of film and culture.

The minister also appreciated Chinese keenness to cooperate with Pakistan in revival of Pakistani film industry.

GOVT REFUTES NEWS

Government spokesperson on Tuesday strongly refuted a news given by a media group/news channel attributed to Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage with reference to the WhatsApp group.

The minister of state has sent a complaint to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in that regard, he said in a statement issued here.

The spokesperson clarified, “The news item was baseless, concocted, absurd and part of a campaign to malign the government.”

The screen shots of WhatsApp group ascribed to the minister of state were not related to her mobile number.

“Her name was made part of the screen shot through Photo Shop and the entire episode had been contrived with malicious intent to calumniate her,” the spokesperson added.