Peshawar: A high level delegation of monks from China, Japan and Korea led by Monk Hwa Ran, Monk Bubuil and ex Army Chief of Korea, Gen. (R) Hee Do, who were visiting the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from 30th April to 2nd May 2012 under the name “Gandhara Peace Tour” visited Shangardar Stupa and Buth Kada, near Mingora in District Swat on Wednesday morning. They, while performing their religious rituals prayed for peace in Pakistan and the whole world and evinced keen interest in the ancient remains of Buddhism in Buth Kada.
On this occasion beside others, Provincial Minister for Sports, Museums and Archaeology, Syed Aqil Shah and Provincial Secretary Syed Jamaluddin Shah and Director Prof. Dr. Shah Nazar Khan were also present. The delegation on their way to Swat stopped at Shangardar Stupa and performed their religious rites.
The delegation was also taken to the historical place of Buddhism, Buth Kada where they expressed their pleasure on seeing the ruins of ancient remains. On this occasion, the Provincial Minister for Archaeology and Museums and Provincial Secretary of the Department, Syed Jamaluddin Shah while talking to the media said the tour of such a high level delegation to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was a matter of satisfaction for us adding that the tour of the distinguished guests was an ample proof of the fact that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Swat was peaceful now.
They added that the provincial government was striving hard to ensure the preservation and promotion of the Gandhara Culture so that religious tourism could be promoted and consequently the followers of Buddhism including investors can come and invest for the preservation and renovation of their historical places and archaeological sites.
As a result of which local people would get employment opportunities and the government would earn precious foreign exchange which would also add to the socio economic prosperity of the country.
The leaders of the delegation while expressing their views said that they were really pleased to see the peaceful atmosphere in Pakistan and particularly in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. They said that they wanted to give the world community the message that the religious scholars, tourists, investors and traders from all over the world could come to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa without any fear and risk.
They also thanked the government and high ups of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Tourism Corporation for extending them unprecedented hospitality and assured that the monks and followers of the Buddhism would ensure the foreign investment for protection, renovation and preservation of these religious assets.
Later on, the delegation was seen off to Islamabad by the Provincial Minister Syed Aqil Shah, after hosting a luncheon in their honour in Mardan with the hope that the tourists, investors, industrialists and traders from all over the world including Korea, would come to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and provide us the honour of traditional hospitality and would invest for the promotion of religious tourism in this region.
For more information, contact:
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tel: 091 921 1789