An 11-member delegation of prominent Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, who visited Pakistan on a Pakistani Government’s invitation, met PM Imran Khan this week.
The Sri Lankan delegation recalled and appreciated Pakistan’s long-standing friendly relationship, cooperation and solidarity with Sri Lanka. They thanked the Government of Pakistan for organising the trip.
PM Khan welcomed the delegation and underscored the importance of enhancing people-to-people contacts and strengthening interfaith harmony.
Highlighting the glorious Gandhara heritage of Pakistan, Khan said, Pakistan is a homeland of some of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world and offered a great religious tourism opportunity for tourists from across the world, especially Sri Lanka.
Khan also informed the delegation that his government was currently working on creating a Holy Buddhist Trail, which will include the most revered Buddhist heritage sites in Pakistan.
Appreciating the Pakistani Government’s initiative to develop sacred Buddhist Trail as well as the renovations being done on various archaeological and religious sites, Sri Lankan delegation said, Pakistan was ready for large-scale tourism and religious pilgrimages from across the world.