U.S. Consul General Brian Heath welcomed prominent Baloch political, cultural, social, business and media representatives to his residence in Karachi to commemorate Baloch Culture Day March 2.
“As U.S. Consul General in Karachi, I represent the United States in Sindh and Balochistan,” said Mr. Heath. “While geography makes it difficult to meet with officials and citizens from Balochistan as often as we might like, we do our best, and today’s event is a reflection of that.”
Pakistan can be proud of its incredible diversity, said Mr. Heath, while expressing his love of learning about the various traditions that make up Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage, including Sindhi, Pashtun, Balochi and Punjabi.
“The United States’ own example shows that diversity is a strength,” said Mr. Heath. “We are not united by ethnicity or national origin, but rather draw on the wisdom of each of the cultures that contributed to what we are today. I am confident that Pakistan can also find strength in its diversity.”
Well-known singers Taj Muhammad Buledi, Shazia and Haji Salam feted the audience with Balochi favorites. Muhammad Ismail (suroz), Ghulam Muhammad (banjo), Anayat Hussain (dolak), Allah Baksh (damborg) and the U.S. Consulate’s very own Wren Elhai provided musical accompaniment.
Following the establishment of Sindh Cultural Day, VSH TV announced that it would mark Baloch Culture Day March 2. On this day, Baloch wear traditional dress and turbans and participate in cultural programs.