Published On: Thu, Mar 14th, 2019
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Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy strong cultural relations which are deep rooted in history: Ambassador

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COLOMBO: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Dr Shahid Ahmad Hashmat has said Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy strong cultural relations which are deep rooted in history.

Addressing an international seminar on Buddhist and Gandhara Civilization in Colombo, he said the mutual love between the two peoples is the foundation of special relationship that is further cemented by the commonality of eternal values of universal peace and love for humanity, espoused both by Islam and Buddhism.

Dr. Safdar Ali Shah explained glimpses of Buddhist heritage, including famous monasteries, stupas, and specimen of Gandhara Art preserved in Pakistan.

The High Commissioner announced Pakistan will be awarding 1000 scholarships to the Sri Lankan students in diverse fields and exchange of faculty members, students and programmes.

He emphasized that Pakistan is peace loving country and it supports promotion of cooperation in all areas with South Asian nations and with Sri Lanka in particular.

Vice Chancellor, Buddhist & Pali University of Sri Lanka, Dr. Gallelle Sumanasiri Thero paid rich tribute to the Government of Pakistan for the steps it has taken for preservation of the archaeological treasures, Buddhist sites and artifacts.

Renowned scholars from China, Germany, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were the keynote speakers at the Seminar.


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