Caretaker Minister for National Heritage and Culture of Pakistan Jamal Shah and Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Reza Amiri-Moqaddam on Friday inaugurated the three-day exhibition.
The theme of the exhibition is ‘Palestine: Oppression, Resistance, Victory,’ and is being held at the Lok Virsa Art Gallery in Islamabad. It is organized by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in collaboration with the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage - Lok Virsa, tribune.com.pk reported.
The exhibition showcases 76 selected art works in photography, painting, and caricature, focusing on themes related to Quds, Palestine, and Gaza.
Syrian Ambassador to Pakistan Ramez Alraee, Iranian Cultural Attaché Ehsan Khazaei, National Heritage and Culture Division Adviser Mohammad Kashif Irshad and Lok Virsa Executive Director Mohammad Uzair Khan were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Jamal Shah said Palestinians were valiant people and would succeed in their legitimate struggle for right to self-determination.
He said responsibility rested with the world community and the United Nations to play their role in stopping the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians.
Shah regretted that the cowardly Israel was targeting weaponless Palestinians, their schools and hospitals, adding that the Israeli forces were not even sparing the children.
He said Pakistan did not recognize the state of Israel and had repeatedly called for an independent Palestinian state based on “internationally agreed parameters”.
Iranian envoy Amiri-Moqaddam expressed his condolences to the Palestinian nation for the martyrdom of more than 10,000 innocent men, women and children.
“I would like to appreciate the government of Pakistan for the strong position taken by the high officials and different authorities, scholars and people from various walks of life to support the innocent people of Palestine and against the atrocities and genocide committed by the Zionist and fascist regime of Israel,” he added.
Amiri-Moqaddam said the Zionist regime broke its own record of barbarism, war crimes and genocide, adding that in the status quo, the Muslim world should take meaningful and tangible measures to first guarantee a cease-fire, open a humanitarian corridor to Gaza, and then get united to exercise due leverages against Israel.
He expressed appreciation for the organizers of the exhibition, participants and all those who contributed to holding this event.
Iran’s Cultural Attaché in Pakistan, Khazaee, stated that the people of Pakistan, especially the younger generation, are eager to witness artistic programs and familiarize themselves with the culture of resistance.
He emphasized that over the past few weeks, they have demonstrated their unity in supporting the Palestinian people and condemning the crimes of the illegitimate Zionist regime.
Khazaee added that the exhibition aims to depict the daily suffering of the people in Gaza under the oppression of the occupying Israeli Army.
According to Khazaee, organizing this exhibition is a way to shed light on the ongoing events in the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly serving as an enlightening narrative against Israel’s crimes and the world’s silence on the genocide in Gaza.