The Directorate General Public Relations, (DGPR)


The Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab is the main publicity arm of the Government. It essentially deals with dissemination of Information, Public Relations, and Protocol duties, focusing mainly on projection of official policies, activities and development programes through issuance of hand outs, press notes and through maintaining a close liaison with the press. It also keeps the Government informed about the reaction of the people, either favourable or hostile, towards its policies through an elaborate feedback system. Its field offices are located at 8 Divisional and 26 District Headquarters respectively.

The Headquarters at Lahore draws extensive support from the Press Information, Films and Publications, Research and References, Press Laws Advertisement and Technical Sections in performing its duties.

In order to achieve the above targets and to ensure smooth functioning of the department, the following sections have been established at Headquarters Office:

  • Press Information Section/News Section
  • Films & Publication Section
  • Protocol Section
  • Research and Reference Section/ Books & Monitoring Section
  • Press Laws Section
  • Technical Section
  • Advertisement Section
  • Administration Section


  • Publicity and media management
  • Government hospitality
  • Promotion of national integration and Cultural activities and organization of relevant seminars and symposia.
  • Administration of Press Laws relating to newspapers, books, magazines pamphlets, posters, etc., entrusted to the Home Department
  • Control on the reproduction of books and literary works of foreign origin
  • Provision of public address system for the official meetings
  • Release of official and semi-official advertisements through media
  • Facilities for the journalists including accreditation of Press Correspondents and Press Photographers, etc.
  • Preparation / Screening of films and documentaries
  • Speech Writing
  • Network of DPRs/DDPRs/DIOs at Divisional / District level
  • Attachment of PROs to Governor, Chief Minister and Provincial Ministers

Lahore Museum

Established in 1894, Lahore Museum is the largest and the oldest museum in Pakistan. It offers the following facilities:
  • Curio Shop
  • Book Shop
  • Canteen
  • Reference Library
  • Auditorium Hall
  • Picture Galleries

Punjab Council of the Arts

The Punjab Council of the Arts is an autonomous body established under the Punjab Council of the Arts Act of 1975. It advises the Government on all matters of policy related to art and cultural activity. Its main functions include promotion of arts and culture in the Province through its Divisional Arts Councils, which include:
  • Multan Arts Council
  • Bahawalpur Arts Council
  • D.G. Khan Arts Council
  • Faisalabad Arts Council (Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Auditorium)
  • Rawalpindi Arts Council
  • Gujranwala Arts Council
  • Sargodha Arts Council
  • Murree Arts Council
  • Waris Shah Memorial Complex

Pakistan Movement Workers Trust


The Trust is a non-political, humanitarian and voluntary socio-economic Trust for the assistance of the veterans of Pakistan Movement and dissemination of information concerning Pakistan Movement through all kinds of media. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860, of the Government of the Punjab.

The Pakistan Movement Workers Trust is managed by the Board of Trustees.

Bab-e-Pakistan Trust


The Bab-e-Pakistan Trust (Pakistan) was constituted with its headquarters in Lahore and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on June 04, 1992. The main objective was to set up a befitting complex in memory of those who sacrified all they had, including their lives to make Pakistan possible and create a part of history by preserving significant remains of the Walton Camp by developing the spirit of 1947. Construction of a complex at Walton, Bab-e-Pakistan was also envisaged consisting of facilities like Auditorium, Library, Museum of National History, Public Park etc. etc. The Monument was further simplified on 08-03-1997 in view of austerity measures.

The Trust was financed by the Federal Government and the four Provincial Governments with AJ&K Government and voluntary donations. So far, the Government of the Punjab and Baluchistan have made contributions.

This Trust is headed by the Chief Minister, Punjab, with the Chief Minister of other Provinces as the Vice Chairmen. The Prime Minister of Pakistan is the Patron-in-Chief. Presently, charge of Bab-e-Pakistan Trust is with the Secretary Environmental Projection as Project Director. The Trust has a piece of land measuring 64.2 acres, out of which, certain area was occupied by the Army which was paid Rs. 35 million as compensation for movement to another site. A dispute is also pending on land ownership with Boy Scouts Association. The trust is Governed by its memorandum.


Bazm-e-Iqbal was established in May, 1950 by the Government of the Punjab under the societies Registration Act, 1860. The Bazm carries out research and publication on the philosophy and teachings of Iqbal. The Board of Governors constituted by the Government for a period of three years is responsible for its functioning. Being an autonomous organization, it is regulated by its own bye-laws.

Board for Advancement of Literature


The Board of Advancement of Literature was established by the Government of West Pakistan in the year 1958.  The affairs of the Board are controlled by the Board of Governors through its bye-laws.The members of the Board are appointed by the Government. The Board, is further assisted by the Committee appointed by the Board and to exercise the powers as delegated by the Board.

The Board is financially aided by the Punjab Government on annual basis.  In addition to this grant, the Board manages income from the sale of its books.  The aims and objectives of the Board are as under:

  • Arrange the publication of Classics
  • Help the production of high class literature
  • Arrange the translation of standard works
  • Award prizes to authors of books of high literary value every year
  • Award prizes for the best articles and poems published in the journals

Institute of Islamic Culture, Lahore


The Institute of Islamic Culture was established on 1st February, 1951 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. However, the Memorandum of Association and Rules/Regulations which it adopted subsequently provided full independence to it even with regard to the appointment of its Board of Directors.

The Institute occupies an office in a building dedicated by the Government of Punjab for three premier literary organizations. It also receives substantial grant in aid from the Government.