Frontier Post (Pakistan)
Posted on 2014-04-15 06:45:47
ISLAMABAD (INP): President Mamnoon Hussain has said that government was keen to preserve and develop the ancient cultural heritage of Gandhara not only to promote inter-faith harmony but also to develop tourism in the country.
The President said this while speaking to Ms. Park kyo Soon, Secretary General, Gandhara Arts and Culture Association, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. Ms. Park kyo Soon was accompanied by Mr. Zulfiqar Rahim, Chief Coordinator, Mr. Imran Masood , Vice Chairman and Ms. Amna Aurangzeb, Director Gandhara Arts and Culture Association.
Ms. Park kyo Soon, Secretary General and one of the founding members of the association apprised the President that Gandhara Art & Culture Association, a non-political, non-profit and non-government association is working for preservation and conservation of Gandhara sites, revival of the oldest university in the world in Taxila and promoting religious tourism and inter-faith dialogue. President Mamnoon Hussain while appreciating the role of Ms. Park kyo Soon in promotion of Gandhara heritage said that Pakistan has a rich Buddhist archaeological heritage which it has preserved and protected zealously.
President Mamnoon Hussain said that the existence of a large number of Buddhist holy places in Gandhara, which are very sacred for Buddhists are an important part of our historic culture. The government has always welcomed tourists and foreign visitors to these sacred religious sites in Pakistan, the President stated and urged the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National heritage to work together with the Gandhara Art & Culture Association for preservation of heritage sites, promotion of religious tourism and projecting soft image of Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized the need for further strengthening the civilizational linkages between Pakistan and Korea and said that the two countries enjoy close and cordial relations, adding that Pakistan was keen to further develop its relationship with Korea in all fields, including cultural cooperation and people to people contacts.