Monday Jun 06, 2022
The people in Canada on Monday were treated to a colourful display of Pakistan’s traditional truck art in downtown Ottawa where a wall on the main street was painted live by a team of artists from Pakistan.
On the occasion, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada Zaheer A Janjua, the Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson, City Councillor Catherine McKenney and officials of Global Affairs Canada were present.
High Commissioner Janjua told the audience that Pakistan’s vibrant truck art was deeply entrenched in its culture and had become part of the country's social fabric.
Pakistan’s truck art had moved from trucks and buses to walls and galleries and now was doing the rounds around the globe, manifesting its vibrancy and colours, he added.
He said the Pakistan High Commission had arranged the exhibition and other events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Canada.
He said Pakistan’s relations with Canada were vibrant, very close and cordial, and this cultural event was a manifestation and demonstration of our friendship.
He also praised the Pakistani diaspora in Canada, calling them a "strategic asset" and real ambassadors of Pakistan for playing a very positive role in the development of their adopted home and the country of their origin.
They were the representatives of both our countries and a bridge for people-to-people contacts, he added.
The event held at the busy Bank Street in the Canadian capital brought together members of the Pakistani diaspora, Canadian government officials, city and public representatives and people from all walks of life to witness a live exhibition of Pakistan’s iconic and vibrant truck art.
Mayor Watson thanked the Pakistan High Commission and the truck artists flown from Pakistan for turning a white wall in the city into a beautiful attraction for the people to come and see Pakistan’s truck art.
He welcomed the High Commissioner to Canada, saying Canada enjoyed “a very strong, positive relationship with Pakistan”.
Earlier, a similar exhibition was arranged at the Senate of Canada where nearly two dozen Senators and MPs attended the event hosted by Senator Salma Ataullahjan of Pakistani origin from Toronto and Chair of the Senate Human Rights Committee, in collaboration with the Pakistan High Commission.
The senators not only watched the artists’ work on the easel with rapt attention but also tried their hand at painting during the exhibition.
During their stay in Ottawa, the truck artists from Pakistan would also display their artwork in the parliament of Canada before heading to Toronto for similar exhibitions and events in the bustling Canadian metropolis.