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A sculpture of Founding Father of Pakistan Unveiled in China
At a graceful ceremony held at the Jintai Art museum today, the Ambassador of Pakistan unveiled the sculpture of Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Father of the Nation. This sculpture, a testament to Jinnah's visionary leadership, was masterfully crafted by renowned Chinese sculptor Master Yuan Xikun, symbolizing the enduring friendship between Pakistan and China.
The ceremony was attended by Ambassador Sha Zukhang, President of China-Pakistan Friendship Association, officials from Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), media, Pakistani community, and Embassy officials.
Master Yuan Xikun, internationally acclaimed for his sculpture, philanthropy, and environmental advocacy, has received a number of prestigious awards. His work includes 25 sculptures of historical international celebrities at the International Celebrities Sculpture Garden of Beijing Jintai Art Museum.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Moin ul Haque highlighted the significance of this unveiling ceremony, coinciding with the 75th death anniversary of Jinnah. He praised Master Yuan's artistic brilliance and attention to detail in creating this sculpture. The Ambassador emphasized the deep bonds between China and Pakistan, and reiterated their commitment to a China-Pakistan Community of Shared Future.
Ambassador also recalled Jinnah's vision of "peace within and peace without" and its relevance to China-Pakistan friendship. He emphasized the role of public diplomacy in fostering understanding, appreciation, and collaboration between nations, pledging to uphold the vision of their founding leaders and strengthen cultural ties.
Master Yuan expressed his honor at sculpting Ali Jinnah and his hope to spread Jinnah's ideas through art. He linked Jinnah's transcendent ideals to those of other global sages showcased in his sculptures. Through this initiative, he aimed to inspire future generations by showcasing the shared progressive ideas of mankind.
Ambassador Sha Zukang fondly spoke about the timeless bond between Pakistan and China and the shared commitment of both countries in nurturing it. He also highlighted the importance of today’s event in the bilateral public diplomacy cooperation.
This unveiling ceremony serves as a powerful symbol of the lasting friendship between Pakistan and China, celebrating Jinnah's legacy while reinforcing their shared commitment to building a harmonious world and fostering understanding through the arts.
14 September 2023