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The Pakistan Embassy in Rome, in collaboration with Ca’ Foscari Universita (The University of Venice) arranged a Seminar and exhibition on Pakistan, at the University Campus in Venice on 18th March 2019.

The event was jointly inaugurated by the Ambassador of Pakistan and Ms. Tiziana Lippiello, Vice Rector of Ca’Foscari University.

As the keynote speaker, the Ambassador gave an overview of Pakistan and the South Asia region. He spoke about the vision of the leadership, including its progressive new out of the box thinking and policies, relations with neighbors, its reviving economy and Pakistan’s fight against terrorism. He emphasized that Pakistan was a modern, moderate and a progressive society. Terming the economy as dynamic, he said that Pakistan was one of the most investor friendly countries in the world.

In a highly engaging questions & answers session, the Ambassador candidly answered questions from the audience on the complexities of the region, Pakistan’s internal situation, relations with major powers and the Muslim world.

Prof. Thomas Dahnhardt, Professor of Urdu Languages, spoke on the origins of the Urdu language and its importance and development in modern day Pakistan.

Ms. Qurrat ul Ain Memon, a Pakistani student of PhD in Archaeology studying in Italy spoke about to local Italian students about her experiences with the education system in Pakistan and encouraged them to consider visiting and studying in Pakistan.

All panelists spoke of fostering close ties with Pakistan in the field of Education and promoting greater student and teacher exchanges.

The seminar was followed by a book and handicraft exhibition arranged by the Embassy showcasing books on Pakistan’s crafts, art, history, literature, culture, tourism, textile, music and sports. The handicrafts included textiles, woodwork, marble pieces, ceramics, silver ornaments, truck art and ethnic jewelry.

Short documentaries on Pakistan was also screened, including the promotion of the brand “Emerging Pakistan”. The participants were treated to traditional Pakistani cuisine which was widely appreciated.

The event was attended by over 150 students, professors, scholars, intellectuals and local Venetians. The Consul General in Milan, Dr. Manzoor Chaudhry, accompanied by Community Welfare Attache Mr. Rizwan Salabat and First Secretary Ms. Alaa Mazher Bokhari, also mingled and interacted with the participants answering their queries on Pakistan and offered assistance on Consular matters to the Pakistani students.

20th March 2019

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