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Efforts on to deal with foreign cultural invasion: Bawari

Efforts on to deal with foreign cultural invasion: Bawari

Nov 21, 2017 - 20:09

CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Acting Information and Culture Minister Mohammad Rasool Bawari said on Tuesday efforts were underway to rescue Afghanistan from “foreign cultural invasion.”

The acting minister said this while inaugurating a three-day cultural exhibition in the capital of central Parwan province, Charikar.

Historical and cultural portraits, books and paintings have been put on display at the show that also offers an opera, theatre and music shows, representing ‘original Afghanistan.’

Speaking on the occasion, Bawari said serious efforts underway at preventing cultural invasion of Afghanistan and today’s expo was part of those efforts. He said such exhibitions would be conducted in other provinces of the country as well.

“Afghanistan’s culture is under a huge invasion, we all should make efforts at preventing this; otherwise we wouldn’t have a good situation in future. There are a lot of documents that show the cultural invasion is ongoing.”

Bawari said international partners had paid no attention to Afghan cultural issues compared to other sectors they paid heed to.

He said public safety and support could prove effective in reducing the level of foreign cultural invasion.

He called people’s support as vital in preserving and protecting cultural heritage and artifacts, requesting public support in this regard.

Parwan Governor Mohammad Asam Asim said cultural invasion started one and a half decades ago and was still underway, negatively influencing Afghan’s lifestyle and customs.

“The information and culture ministry is responsible to prevent this by conducting cultural exhibitions, programs and conferences.”

He said the both national languages of Afghanistan -- Pashto and Dari -- and other local languages were under attack.