Islamabad, November 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): A two-day seminar on Gandharan culture and its spread in China began today at the Peking University of China, says a press release received here from Beijing.
Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Masood Khalid, keynote speaker at the seminar said that Pakistan and China are time-tested and trusted friends and roots of their age-old ties dated back deep in history to thousands of years –to the Gandharan period and beyond.
He said that cultural exchanges took place centuries ago when Chinese scholars traversing through the old silk route visited areas which now form Pakistan and received first-hand knowledge about the Gandharan civilization’s Buddhist antiquities—artifacts, relics and scriptures. These scholars and religious pilgrims thereafter introduced those to the rest of the world.
He said it was heartening to note that people-to-people contacts had recently intensified manifold with scholars and youth exchanges on the rise, day by day. He said that such interactions reiterated the bondage between the two countries from the times of Gandharan civilization to the present times and reminded us of our common, rich cultural heritage.
He said that the seminar would help propagate awareness about historical linkages of Gandharan civilization to the young generation, adding that the Embassy would extend all possible support in that regard.
Mr. Nidaullah Sehrai, Curator Peshawar Museum presented the life story of Buddha through the relics of Gandharan period in an impressive presentation and also took questions from the university students of archaeological and linguistics departments.
The seminar was largely attended by scholars from various regions and countries and was organized by Professor Tang Mensheng and Professor Duan Qing of Peking University.
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