Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pakistan’s Golden Thrones captures beauty, grandeur through Argentinian eyes

Jumbo Editorial Team

Pakistan’s Golden Thrones authored by the Argentine photographer and mountaineer Tommy Heinrich was formally launched in a graceful ceremony at the Argentine Embassy in Islamabad recently.

The Argentine Ambassador to Pakistan, Rodolfo J Martin-Saravia, former Education Minister, Sardar Asif Ahmed Ali and Chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA), Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, were prominent among those having attended the function.

The book portrays the beauty and grandeur of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, the warmth and ruggedness of their people through Argentine eyes. It is a joint effort by the Argentine Embassy, Laboratories Bagó of Argentina and Ferozsons Laboratories Ltd of Pakistan.

Tommy Heinrich, a professional photographer who works for National Geographic Magazine and has filmed several documentaries about mountain climbing, was first Argentine mountaineer to summit Mt Everest in 1994 and has come Pakistan repeatedly since 1997.

The speakers noted that Pakistan and Argentina, two distant countries have been friends for 60 years having come much closer in the last seven years thanks to the various cultural, commercial, scientific and sportive bridges built during the tenure of Ambassador Saravia, who had intensively promoted and organized cultural events with the purpose of sharing the argentine art with the people of Pakistan.

The book, according to the Ambassador, represented sincere friendship of Argentina, because when many wanted to see only what was negative and violent they had portrayed a face of Pakistan that not always made the frontline news: the peaceful, radiant, hospitable country that he had learned to love.

He mentioned that during his tenure in the country he had witnessed, after a lot of work, the birth of the joint venture BF Biosciences Ltd. In his concluding remarks, the ambassador informed that Argentina was celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations with Pakistan.

“The embassy has been organizing several events in order to mark this occasion and the launching of this book re-enforces our motives of celebration, he said. He stated that such cultural events constitute a bridge that brings their countries together. It is through trade and culture and people to people contacts that nations grow together and in peace,” the ambassador concluded.

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