A Forum on Glorious Gandhara Heritage

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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.

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