The Consul General of the United States in Karachi Grace Shelton participated in the 8th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), a US Consulate’s statement said on Sunday.
It said that she also moderated a session on “Cultural Heritage and Preservation in Pakistan and South Asia”.
The panellists included Dr Matthew Cook of North Carolina Central University, Heritage Foundation’s Yasmeen Lari, US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) expert Dr Laura Tedesco, and classical dancer and activist Sheema Kermani.
The consul general Shelton noted that the AFCP was established at the request of the 106th Congress of the United States, and supports the conservation of sites, objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 120 countries around the world.
She also highlighted the US’ involvement in helping to preserve 19 AFCP sites in Pakistan, including the ancient city of Taxila and the Alamgiri Gate at the Lahore Fort, as well as Manora Island’s Varun Dev Temple and the Makli tombs in Sindh.
US Consulate Karachi Spokesperson Sharlina Hussain Morgan moderated the session “Future of Pakistan’s Creatives – Film, Fashion and Music,” which was attended by prominent Pakistani names like Mansha Pasha, Zeb Bangash, and Maheen Karim.