ISLAMABAD:06 April: The Department of History of the Quaid-e-Azam University and the Diplomatic Insight (Pakistan’s first English/Arabic bi-lingual magazine) organised ‘Nauroz Festival’ at the university campus on Thursday. The festival was first of its kind where brotherly countries, including Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have set up stalls reflecting culture, literature and heritage of their respective countries. An exclusive stall about Pakistan was also prepared for the venue. The objective of this event was to promote cultural and deep-rooted traditional links between Pakistan and the countries of the region, which celebrate Nauroz as an important national event. Diplomats from various countries participated in the festival along with their families and shared the joy and happiness on the occasion. These countries presented and shared their heritage through display of culture, literature, traditional dresses, music and food. It was a joint effort to celebrate Nauroz and to share the cultural and traditional understanding with Pakistanis, especially youth. Such cultural exchanges not only help people from different countries get closer to one another but also help them understand the global cultural environment. NADRA Deputy Chairman Tariq Malik and Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai inaugurated the festival. They said that these kinds of events allow people to know about the culture and heritage of neighbouring countries. The organisers had also arranged documentary screening about the countries as well. Various media groups, both from print and electronic, were present to cover the event. The alumni of the Quaid-e-Azam University from across Pakistan also participated in the event with their families. online.Daily Times.