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Pakistan to Receive €20 Million Aid from Germany Under World Food Program

Germany has announced a €20 million aid package for Pakistan, which will be provided through the World Food Program (WFP) by 2027. The announcement was made by Dr. Rudiger Lotz, the German Consul General in Karachi, during a book launch event organized by the German-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GPCCI) in Karachi.

The book, titled “Landmarks of Pakistan,” features pen and ink drawings of historical places in Pakistan by the late German artist Ute Elpers. Dr. Lotz praised Elpers’ work and her love for a country she had never visited. He said, “The book has landmarks covering the country, all four provinces of Pakistan. We have in the book the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad and the Quaid-i-Azam Mausoleum in Karachi… and so on.”

Ute Elpers (1935-2019) was a highly gifted artist trained as a porcelain and ceramic painter who worked as a technical drawer in road and bridge construction. She also learned the art of using special ink pens. In 2003, Elpers became a member of the Humanity Care Foundation based in Muenster, Germany. Encouraged by Col Folker Flasse (retd), President of Humanity Care Foundation, she started her pen and ink drawings of historic buildings, monuments, mausoleums, shrines, and landscapes in 2005.

The caretaker Tourism Minister Arshad Wali Mohammad also spoke at the event. He said, “Today we have gathered to celebrate a remarkable fusion of art, culture and international cooperation exemplified by this coffee table book, an initiative of the German Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI). This project underscores the enduring ties between Germany and Pakistan highlighting cultural exchange and fostering mutual understanding.”

In today's connected world, projects like these show us how art, culture, and countries working together can bring people closer and make the future brighter. Germany's substantial support and Ute Elpers' art will keep inspiring and making a difference in the lives of people in Pakistan and around the world for a long time.

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