ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain Friday said Pakistan has a rich culture and heritage that needs to be presented to the world to show its true soft face.

The President made these remarks during his visit to the Lok Virsa Museum to inaugurate the exhibition on Cultural Heritage marking the Pakistan Day celebrations.

He also visited the stalls of block printing, Pattu weaving, Papier Machie, Truck Art, Taar Kashi, Faroshi weaving, walnut wood carving, Swati Shawl, Balochi Embroidry and Ajrak and appreciated the skills of the craftsmen.

The President took a round of the Heritage Museum and showed keen interest in the different pavilions of the four provinces, besides Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

He also enjoyed the music of all regions of Pakistan presented by folk artistes.

The President in his remarks at the visitors' book said he was pleased to see rich culture of Pakistan here, which was presented very beautifully. He said the presentation of cultural heritage was not only important to depict distinct identity but also to pass on ethos and values to next generation.

The President commended the efforts of all those who had contributed to preserve cultural assets and presentations of culture. He also announced cash amount of Rs 10,000 each for the artistes and Rs 5000 each for the musicians.

The event was organized by Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and was attended by Federal Secretary Nazir Saeed, parliamentarians and diplomats.

Information Secretary Nazir Saeed presented a souvenir to the President.