Sindhi culture is a priceless treasure for Pakistan and the world: US Consul General Grace Shelton

JAMSHORO Dec 07: “What a wonderful institute, preserving Sindh’s rich cultural heritage in an excellent way. You have provided a treasure for Sindh, Pakistan and the world. Your (Sindhology’s) outstanding efforts deserve accolades”, said the US Consul General in Karachi Grace Shelton during her visit of the Institute of Sindhology at University of Sindh, Jamshoro yesterday.

Ms. Shelton further said that she was immensely delighted to have come to Institute of Sindhology. She also thanked Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat for having hosted her and the US Consulate General Karachi team. “We are indeed glad to be here and we thank you for the museum tour, warm hospitality and affection you have shown for us”, she added.

VC-SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat, Vice Consul, US Consulate General, Karachi Kimberly Everett, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SU Mithi Campus and former Registrar Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Chandio and Director, Institute of Sindhology Dr. Ishaq Samejo were also there on the occasion.

The diplomats, accompanied by VC-SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat went through various sections of Sindhology museum that included Sindh art and craft, textile designs, ornaments, ethnic outfits of Sindh, Sindh antiquities, heritage, culture, history, music, folklore, gallery of prominent personalities of Sindh and the exclusive corners set up to celebrate individuality of Sindh aborigines clans and armory of Talpur times.

Ms. Shelton and Ms. Everett were all praise for “Rilli” needlework, embroidery patterns, antiquated handloom, fabric device, first-ever Sindhi language typewriter and harmonium on which Ahmed Ali Chhagla had composed the lyrical tunes of national anthem of Pakistan.

The visiting diplomats also marveled at the spectacular display of the corners exhibiting life of Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Quid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, SU founder Vice-Chancellor Allama I.I. Kazi the great sons and the daughter of the soil of Sindh and other outstanding personae of the country.

VC-SU Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat in his non-ceremonial remarks at the occasion said that he was extremely grateful to Consul General Grace Shelton and Vice Consul Kimberly Everett for having spared time from their otherwise hectic schedule to have come to witness firsthand the heritage of Sindh.

Dr. Burfat said University of Sindh had the pleasure and privilege of maintaining long-standing cordial academic, research and professional ties with the US Consulate, Karachi. “We also genuinely appreciate US Consulate’s generous gesture of awarding grants to meritorious and deserving students of Sindh through open, fair and tough competition to study abroad. This exposure changes the very lives of the youth who go and study at the US institutes”, he said.

Dr. Burfat said University of Sindh greatly valued its academic partnership with the US Consulate, Karachi and hoped that the relations would further prosper to mutual benefit with the passage of time.

Towards the end, cultural, academic and research souvenirs were exchanged between the guests and the hosts.