He was speaking as chief guest at a spring festival organised jointly by Pak-Afghan People’s Forum (PAPF) and Qaam Qalam Swabi organisations at Hund Museum hall of a historic village some 80km east of Peshawar the other day.
Mr Afridi, who holds the portfolios of sports, tourism, youth affairs, archeology and museums, said that the provincial government was working on introducing sports, youth affairs and cultural policies.
Other participants highlighted various aspects of the cultural event – Jashne Nauroz. They said that spring festival enhanced collective aesthetic of people and gave them a sense of social connectivity.
Celebrating spring, the minister said, was a golden tradition that used to last for many days both in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the distant past.
He said that Jashne Nauroz brought peoples of both countries together where they could share their feelings to bring peace to their region.
Afridi says Nauroz brings Pak-Afghan people together
“Hund Museum library will be upgraded to accelerate research and cultural activities at the site. We need to create awareness among people of the importance of our cultural heritage,” he said.
Afghan cultural attaché Abdur Rahman Habibzai said that PAPF could play a vital role in cementing relations among Pakhtuns on both sides. He said that such events could help people to understand each other better and make joint efforts for restoring peace and tranquility.
He said that young people should come forward to revive their shared history and traditions which had kept them united for centuries.
He said that Afghan students who received education in Pakistan had been working on responsible positions in Afghanistan. He said that he expected better facilities for Afghan students in Pakistan, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.