Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who played a key role in getting the Sri Lankan government to change its decision on COVID19 victim burials also did not fail to take steps promote Buddhist heritage sites in his country.
He opened a photo exhibition displaying Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan during his stay in Colombo.
The exhibition had pictures of original handmade sculptures excavated from Taxila and Takh-i-Bahi (Mardan) areas of Pakistan dating back between period of first century and fifth century.
These sites were inscribed on world heritage list of UNESCO in 1980. It was arranged by the Press Wing of the Pakistan High Commission, Sri Lanka. The photos were taken and specially prepared for the occasion by External Publicity Wing, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Pakistan.
Minister for Youth Affairs and Sport Namal Rajapaksa visited the photo exhibition along with the Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywerdena.
The exhibition also displayed a variety of booklets, pamphlets and other projection material highlighting the Gandhara civilization well-preserved in Pakistan.
The Government of Pakistan said it was eager to promote religious tourism between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.