Sufi festival kicked off at PAC


Rawalpindi, (Parliament Times) : As per the instructions of the Department of Information and Culture, Government of Punjab, Punjab Art Council has organized a two-day Sufi festival titled “ Sufi Rung”.
Assistant Commissioner Cantt Qandeel Fatima Memon was the chief guest of the inauguration
ceremony of Sufi Festival, while Naheed Manzoor and Director Arts Council Waqar Ahmed
were especially present. On the first day of the festival, Sultan-ul-Qadri Qawal group performed
in the Mahfil-e-Samaa and received a standing ovation from the audience. Chief guest Qandeel
Fatima Memon said that over the centuries, Sufi sages Rumi, Omar Khayyam and Ghazali did a
lot of work regarding Islamic literature. The influence of these Sufi sages is not only on the
Muslim world, but also on Western philosophers and writers. Punjab is a fortress of civilization,
flowers, fragrances, literature, culture, songs, music, dances, fairs and festivals, films and
theaters, on the other hand it is also the cradle of the loving message of the Sufis, she added.
Naheed Manzoor said that Bulleh Shah, Data Ganj Bakhsh, Pir Waris Shah, Shah Rukn Alam,
Pir Meher Ali Shah, Mian Mir Sahib and hundreds of Sufis are resting in the land of Punjab.
unjab Arts Council has organized the Sufi Festival to carry forward this message of the Sufis.
The aim of the festival is to promote peace through Sufi music, she added. Director Arts Council
Waqar Ahmed said that Punjab is a land of peace and tolerance, the purpose of the Sufi Festival
is to inform the youth about Sufism. A large number of people from the twin cities participated
in the festival.

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