Who is Jamal Shah, caretaker Minister for National Heritage and Culture?

08:53 PM | 20 Aug, 2023
Who is Jamal Shah, caretaker Minister for National Heritage and Culture?

From an accomplished actor to caretaker minister, Jamal Shah has come a long way!

After the dissolution of National Assembly under former PM Shehbaz Sharif, the caretaker government officials have been announced.

For the department of heritage and culture, Jamal Shah has been appointed as the Caretaker Minister for National Heritage and Culture.

Who is Jamal Shah?

A Pakistani actor, director, musician, writer, sculptor, painter, and social activist, Shah said that during his stay, all necessary measures will be taken to ensure and bolster various welfare projects for artist community in Pakistan.

Talking to PTV news channel, he shared the same vision as the government adding that the department will show commitment to do whatever is necessary as they did in the past to strengthen the culture of Pakistan.

The Minister emphasized need to strengthen economy through promotion of art and culture saying efforts will be made to promote digital and visual art.

In a response to a question, Shah said that the interim government is committed to complying with directions of Election Commission for transferring and posting of any individual, necessary to hold free and fair elections.

“Revamping economy is also a top priority of the caretaker government,” Shah emphasized.

Early Life and Education 

Shah was born into a Pashtun Syed family in 1956 in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. Shah received a Master's degree in English literature from the University of Balochistan in 1978, and graduated from the National College of Arts in Lahore in 1983. 

The 67-year-old actor later obtained a Master's degree in fine arts from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, United Kingdom


In 1984, Shah established the Fine Arts Department at the University of Balochistan and headed it until 1986. In 1985, he founded the Artists Association of Balochistan and also was appointed the first Chairman of the Artist Association of Pakistan.

During the 1980s Shah attracted international recognition and was called "the next Omar Sharif." He was offered a role in the 1989 BBC television serial Traffik.

In 1991, Shah stepped into the Pakistani glamor industry with his acting debut in K2, directed by Franc Roddam.

Having founded the Hunerkada College of Visual and Performing Arts in Islamabad in 1992, Shah later became Telenor Pakistan's brand ambassador under Hunerkada Productions.

In 2007, the actor became the executive director of Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad, then appointed its Director General in October 2016. ln 2019, Shah was the President and Chief Curator of the first Islamabad Art Festival. In 2021, Shah was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture.

In 2022, he sculpted a bronze bust of Pakistani Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam unveiled by the director general of International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano at IAEA's 61st general conference.

Filmography and Television Series

During his decades long career, Shah was seen in 1991's K2, Ho Mann Jahaan (2016), Revenge of the Worthless, and Hijrat. Enjoying an extensive career in the drama industry, Shah was seen in Traffik, Madar, Baarish Kay Baad, Chunri, Aag, Tere Ishq Naam, and Saya-e-Dewar Bhi Nahi recently.

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 23, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 23, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 292 295.15
Euro EUR 317 320
UK Pound Sterling GBP 372.5 376
U.A.E Dirham AED 81.5 82.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 78.55 79.3
Australian Dollar AUD 198 200
Bahrain Dinar BHD 781.13 789.13
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.22 40.62
Danish Krone DKK 42.35 42.75
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.92 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 951.03 960.03
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.23 176.23
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.72 770.72
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 217 219
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 325.12 327.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.31 8.46

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 23, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 215,800 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs185,020.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs170,068 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs198,365.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 23 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Karachi PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Islamabad PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Peshawar PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Quetta PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Sialkot PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Attock PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Gujranwala PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Jehlum PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Multan PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Bahawalpur PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Gujrat PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Nawabshah PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Chakwal PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Hyderabad PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Nowshehra PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Sargodha PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Faisalabad PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565
Mirpur PKR 215,800 PKR 2,565


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