First Ladies Launch US-Pakistan Site
By Ann Sanner

First ladies Laura Bush and Begum Sehba Musharraf attend the launch of a new website ‘Gift of the Indus: The Arts & Culture of Pakistan’ at the Kennedy Center

The two first ladies watch Mayr Garcia and Amber Liverpool surf the new website

Washington, DC: Hoping to bridge their countries through an understanding of arts and culture, Laura Bush and Pakistan's first lady, Sehba Musharraf, launched a new Web site Thursday geared toward educating youth.

The site, "The Gift of Indus: The Arts & Culture of Pakistan," was the result of a partnership between the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Pakistan National Council on the Arts.

"One of the best ways the people of Pakistan and the United States can deepen our friendship is for the people of our countries to deepen their knowledge of each others' cultures," Bush told a crowd that included Washington, DC-area students at the Kennedy Center.

The website is designed for 13- to 18-year-olds in the United States, Pakistan and around the world so they may learn about the arts and culture of Pakistan.

"Diversity has been the essence of our people and traditions," Musharraf said. "These can be seen in our art, architecture and literature."
The website features a blog where students can exchange ideas about their cultures. Visitors to the site can also view video clips of life in Pakistan and hear audio clips of Pakistani music. Other sections on the site highlight the country's paintings, dance and theater. (Courtesy Associated Press)





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