The president of the ECO Cultural Institute, Sarvar Bakhti, in a message on the occasion of Afghanistan Art Week expressed hope that lasting peace and tranquility would prevail in Afghanistan and the world.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, the full text of his message reads:
Forty days have passed since the terrorist attack at Kabul University, and we are still grieving over the loss of hard-working youth who, despite the current challenges and controversies, were determined to study, to get a degree and to build a better future for the country.
Once again I would like to express my condolences and sympathy with the families of the victims and the chancellor of Kabul University.
I would like to thank Dr. Ayoubi, Secretary General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, for taking the initiative to honor the memory of the students of Kabul University and to cherish the art and culture of the Afghan people.
We all know how much the message 'Jan-e Pedar Kojasti? (Where are you the soul of father?), which was texted by the father of a student to his daughter after 142 missed calls, had a profound effect on the hearts and souls of all humanity. The hashtag 'Jan-e Pedar Kojasti?' went viral, and armed with a flood of support from users in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan, especially poets, who expressed their feelings in their poems dedicated to the victims.
Calligraphers created calligraphic artworks and pieces of songs and videos were produced with the same theme. Artists from various fields sought to express their sympathy and altruism in artistic way to the bereaved families to alleviate their pain.
The influence was so profound in the region that the artists come together and create remarkable works of art, which were collected by some institutions as an art of common understanding among the peoples of the region.
I convey my appreciation to the participating artists and organizers of this artistic program and I wish peace, stability and prosperity for the people in Afghanistan and other countries around the world.