Federal Minister for Culture & Heritage, Actor & Cultural Advocate
Renowned actor and artist, Jamal Shah, currently serves as Pakistan's Federal Minister for National Heritage and Culture. He joined television in 1976 as a singer and composer and has been part of Pashto Musical programming for 15 years. Since the beginning of his career, he has been a cornerstone in advancing art and culture in Pakistan. Notably, he established The Fine Arts Department in Quetta and Studio Gandhara in Islamabad. Amongst his other significant contributions is the Hunerkada College of Visual and Performing Arts in Islamabad and Lahore, which he has been supporting since 1992. He also served as the Director General of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts from 2016 to 2019, where his influence was profound. Beyond institutional contributions, Shah has been actively involved in fundraising initiatives including those for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital Trust and the victims of the 2007 Earthquake. An ardent human rights supporter, his multifaceted career includes roles in TV, film, and music since 1976, contributing to acclaimed projects like Channel 4's TRAFFIK and the Hollywood film, K2. Shah's unwavering commitment to quality and content in the arts remains unparalleled.