Today, Embassy of Pakistan, Kathmandu organized a symposium titled “Gandhara: Unwinding a History Treasure Trove” to showcase rich Buddhist heritage of Pakistan and historical linkages with Nepal. Mr. Dhananjay Regmi, CEO, Nepal Tourism Board graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Other guests present at the event included intellectuals, Buddhist monks & scholars, tour operators and representatives of Nepal Tourism Board.
The event was held to highlight the historic treasures in form of structures and relics of ancient Gandhara Civilization that are beholden in the plains and valleys of Punjab and KPK Provinces of Pakistan and encourage seekers of historical, cultural and archeological monuments and marvels to have a first-hand experience of witnessing these remarkable motifs.
In his remarks on the occasion, Mr. Dhananjay Regmi, while recalling his personal experience of visiting Pakistan, recollected the depth and warmth of Nepal-Pakistan friendly relations and appreciated the support and interest of Pakistan in the field of Buddhist heritage.
Other distinguished Speakers at the event shared their views about Pilgrimage to Buddhist Cradle – Taxila and Takht-e-Bahi, Gandhara’s Intellectual Contribution in Buddhism around the Globe, “Preserving History – Promoting Harmony” and “Visiting Gandhara : Viability and Workability”. They lauded the government of Pakistan’s efforts to preserve the rich history and activities to promote harmony among different beliefs. The viability and workability of Gandhara Tourism also remained center point in the discussions.
In his remarks, Ambassador of Pakistan to Nepal Abrar H Hashmi joining the event virtually, recalled the historical Buddhist linkages between Nepal and Pakistan and highlighted that the aim of this particular event is to provide a multi fold projection to the potential that Gandhara has for a visit and trip as a tourist, a student of history, a devout Buddhist or a cultural and archaeological enthusiast. He also assured that effort has been made through this event to generate not only interest but discussion as well for exploring practical options to develop Buddhist Tourist route between Nepal and Pakistan.