Kashmiri artist to draw sketches of 100 Pak leaders
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Kashmiri artist to draw sketches of 100 Pak leaders

An artist from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) is out to draw pencil sketches of around one hundred leaders of Pakistan Movement that he plans to exhibit in Islamabad on March 23.

An artist from Pakistan administered  Kashmir (PaK)  is out to draw pencil sketches of around one hundred leaders of Pakistan Movement that he plans to exhibit in Islamabad on March 23. 

Syed QasimSailani announced this during an exhibition of his paintings and drawings in the main hall of Press Club, here on Sunday.

The exhibition was held with the cooperation of Kashmir Liberation Cell, an official institution raised in late eighties to highlight Kashmir issue at home and abroad. 

The drawings included portraits of almost all notable political personalities of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), from founding president Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan to incumbent president Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan and from first prime minister Khan Abdul Hameed Khan to the sitting prime minister Raja Farooq Haider, not to mention, K H Khurshid and Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan.

The exhibition included some items of his landscape art, depicting appealing natural scenery, such as mountains, meadows and water channels. 

Sixty-one year old Sailani, who hails from Muzaffarabad, has been drawing sketches and paintings and doing calligraphy since 1981 and, interestingly, without any formal learning. 

 "Firstly, it was my hobby but later it turned out to be a source of livelihood," he said.

He told that so far he had drawn more than 2000 pencil sketches, but could not remember the exact count of his numerous landscape oil paintings.  

He told this correspondent that since 1998 he had been holding exhibition of his work in different cities and towns of PaK, as well as in the federal capital. "In Islamabad, I have marketed my work in almost all industrial exhibitions at ShakarParian," he said.  

He said though he was yet to receive any formal appreciation from the government, private sector, mainly the non-governmental organisations, had awarded him on a number of times. 

Sailani has set up his base in a small shop along the bustling CMH Road since long where he also prepares photo frames.

However, lately he prefers to carry out his artistic assignments at home, perched on a mountain slope on the outskirts of the capital. 

Regarding his upcoming project, he said he was onto it with "full peace of mind and commitment" and would accomplish it by the first week of March.

The one hundred leaders of the Pakistan movement he is going to draw include three from Jammu and Kashmir. They are MirwaizMaulviYousuf Shah, Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas and K H Khurshid, he said.

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