New Delhi: Good news for connoisseur. In order to bring the two nations closer and create markets for art, Pakistan is keen to have an agreement with India in the field of culture as the bilateral relations are coming back on track.

Director General of Pakistan's National Council of Arts Tauqeer Nasir said he had held "informal discussions" with Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Suresh K Goel about signing a cultural pact between the two nations and he was hopeful that a pact would materialise soon.

"There is a MoU, which is in progress. I hope we can materialise those things. In simple terms, it is almost agreed from both sides. There is no problem. ...We want this cultural pact should be done. We can do it in practical," Nasir told reporters here.

Observing that there is a market in both the countries for art, drama, music and puppet shows, he said Pakistan has created a market for Indian software but the same did not happen in India.

"I think we can create a market in both sides. We have created a market in Pakistan for Indian software. Why not in India? Pakistani software is always popular, especially the drama of 1980s and 1990s. I think, we can promote our culture and become closer," he said.

He said there was a series of interactions between the two organisations four-five years ago and even a MoU was planned.

"But then things came to a stop. Now we will again revive the programme. The motive is to increase our cultural exchange," he said.

Asked how hopeful he was, "I am optimistic.... we will have something new between two countries".

(JPN/Agencies)