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October 20, 2009

Terror In Lahore - Again

More than 25 people were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in the Pakistan city of Lahore last week. Faizaan Peerzada runs an art center in Lahore. On the evening of the day when the attacks took place, Faizaan drove through the city to the BBC studios to speak with Dick Gordon. Faizaan says he was willing to take the risk because his arts organization depends on international support.

In fact, on the day of the bombing Faizaan was in his office, putting the final touches on a children’s festival, an international celebration of peace that was to have taken place the next day. He had coordinated 600 children on both sides of the Pakistan/India border to work on a mural together. That project has now been postponed, and the future is uncertain for a larger event scheduled for next month, The World Performing Arts Festival. Faizaan Peerzada joins Dick to discuss the state of the arts in his country, and what that could mean for the future there.

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