Dignitaries, diplomats praise Barrister Sarahs paintings

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

(Pakistan News & Features Services)

Barrister Sarah Asim Khan was praised for her creativity and artistic talents during her recently organized solo painting exhibition at the Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP), the hub of cultural activities in Karachi.
The event was attended by diplomats and dignitaries from Oman, Britain, Sri Lanka, Italy, Japan and Afghanistan. Mohammed Al Mabsali from the Consulate of the Sultanate of Oman opened the exhibition and took a detailed briefing on the paintings by the artist. Hamood Al Nahdi from Consulate of Oman also actively participated in viewing the paintings.
The closing ceremony of the exhibition was graced by Mian Raza Rabbani, a former Chairman of the Senate, and Ahmed Shah, President, ACP. It was also visited by representatives of quite a few prestigious organizations and professional institutions.

Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi, elaborated on the Arthurian Celtic Legend portrayed in the painting. Enrico Alfonso Ricciardi from the Consulate of Italy in Karachi, remarked on the Italian cultural depiction in the paintings while Ashida Katsunori (Noori) from Consulate of Japan in Karachi gave his impressions on the painting showing twin Koi fish in white and green colours.

G L Gnanatheva from the Consulate of Sri Lanka in Karachi, and Shahin Parshahri from the Consulate of Afghanistan in Karachi, amongst other dignitaries, penned their encouraging impressions in the guest book, supporting the cause to promote the message of peace and friendship between Pakistan and the world through the art.

The attendance of large number of guests, including diplomats and dignitaries, was itself a testimonial of success for the exhibition. Most of the visitors were observed taking keen interest in the paintings and they came up with appreciative remarks on the novel theme of promoting the soft image of Pakistan through the art.

Barrister Sarah is the pioneer of Cultural Diplomacy and International Mythological Art in Pakistan. Her exhibition displayed paintings pertaining to 23 countries and abstract wild animals. The exhibition highlighted wildlife conservation and the message of peace to promote friendship and trade between Pakistan and the world.

A lawyer by profession with varied experience in the UK and Pakistan, she has had diverse extracurricular interests in art, wildlife, hiking, travelling and social work. She attained her entire legal education at the University of London, including Bachelor of Laws, Master in Corporate and Commercial Laws from Queen Mary College and a qualification in Intellectual Property Law and Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Upon being called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn, she underwent Pupillage with a Chamber of Queens Counsel at Kings Bench Walk, London, and acclaimed eligibility to practice as a Barrister in the UK.

She remains active in the legal fraternity and was the Programme Host and Master of Ceremony of 4th National Judicial Conference at Karachi. Inspiration for arts made her a self-taught artist, patronizing conservation of wildlife, harmonizing world cultures and heritage and with it promoting the soft-image of Pakistan to the world.

Enthused by socializing with people from different countries, cultures and walks of life, her art talent has been recognized as unique and creative in blending mythologies and national symbolism of countries in art.
As a former President of Rotary Club of Karachi Darakhshan, Barrister Sarah earned the Outstanding Services to the Cause of Rotary Award a couple of times apart from winning the District Support Rotary Award during 2018-2020. Besides pursuing a career in law, she is a regular columnist on subjects relating to wildlife conservation and environmental protection.

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