Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, chaired a forum on Glorious Gandhara Heritage in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Forum was attended by the Foreign Secretary, Senior officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, High Commissioners/ Ambassadors of China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand & Vietnam as well as Experts on Gandhara Civilization.
Foreign Secretary in her welcoming remarks highlighted the Gandhara Heritage. She informed that apart from being blessed with natural beauty, Pakistan has many sites sacred to followers of many religions including Buddhism. These sites have a potential to attract foreigners especially people across many countries.
Foreign Minister in his address underscored the importance of promoting tourism in Pakistan. He informed that since coming into power, the Government is making concerted efforts to promote tourism especially religious tourism in Pakistan. The recent decision to open up Kartarpur border is manifestation of such efforts. To realize true potential of tourism, the Government has taken a number of steps including liberalization of visa regime with different countries and developing tourism infrastructure in Pakistan.
The High Commissioners/ Ambassadors of various countries as well as experts on Gandhara Civilization also shared their valuable inputs in the forum. It was decided to constitute Gandhara Forum consisting of Ambassadors/High Commissioners in Islamabad, representatives, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Provincial Tourism Department as well as Experts on Gandhara Civilization.