LAHORE: Pakistani authorities and Google have signed an agreement to use to promote historical and tourist sites across the country’s most populous province of Punjab. Under the agreement, will promote historical and tourist sites on the internet, particularly Google Maps, to promote worldwide awareness about Punjab’s heritage.
So Punjab government came up with another interesting stunt of publicity by signing an MOU with Google INC. in order to promote so called cultural heritage and historical tourist sites and that only for one province. What are we promoting here? I thought there was already much difference among provinces and related concerns.
Which heritage and historical places are we talking about? Punjabis while living in Punjab do not know a single place of heritage/tourist attraction which is in good shape; Shouldn’t something be done first in order to preserve our heritage and culture? Or do we want cheap publicity only? If we think that world doesn’t already know what kind of state Punjab currently is we are just closing our eyes to the fact that Punjab is only known for every kind of load shedding right now (plus the traffic jams due to ongoing road works everywhere). Having these facts in mind how are we calling upon tourists to even visit Google maps seeking some sort of culture or heritage in Punjab only (which has been destroyed 99% mostly)
There was a time when Punjab used to attract thousands of tourists on the cultural occasion of “Basant” (which thanks to Punjab Govt. have been banned for known reasons); tourists used to visit every part of Punjab not just to see basant but to see other places of suitable attraction however in past 4 or 5 years we have made Punjab a state of misery a state of floods seeking aid only. It’s still not making sense what exactly is the plan here, attracting whom and for what? Good idea to mark places on maps with their pictures in good shape but how about world finding out more about how miserable Punjab is right now by digging more and seeing the real facts? Or is it that ministry of terrorism was transformed into ministry of tourism since they couldn’t do anything about terrorism image… one can only think who we are trying to fool around…