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Pakistan : Pakistan is the land of rich cultural heritage of Buddhism.

Pakistan High Commission and Singapore Buddhist Federation jointly organized seminar Buddhism in Pakistan and China , to develop awareness about Pakistan religious cultural heritage and Buddhist sites in Taxila, Swat, Dir, Gilgit, Sindh and Punjab. The seminar sought to re link the heritage of the Silk Route arts and cultural exchanges of Pakistani people with the people of Singapore, through the Buddhist religion s influence on the Chinese civilization. Dr Ashraf and Dr Ghani of Taxila Institute of Asia Civilization at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad were invited by Pakistan High Commission to give an insight into the rich Buddhist heritage of Pakistan and Government of Pakistan effort in restoring the Buddhist sites all over Pakistan, says a press release received here today from Singapore.

In his keynote address High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Hasan Javed said it is good to revisit the Silk Route exchanges between the two great civilizations, Pakistani and Chinese especially through the religion of Buddhism, which was the fountain of the two cultures not only in Central Asia but in the world at large.

Dr Ashraf Director of Taxila institute of Asian Civilization, Quaid e Azam university, Islamabad in his presentation on The Buddhist Heritage of Gandhara, said that Pakistan is one of the few countries of the world having the richest cultural heritage. The North West region of Pakistan has been the centre of cultural synthesr s throughout the ages and the extensive Gandharan Buddhist cultural heritage scattered all over the region bear testimony to its former grandeur. There are teams from Germany, Japan and Italy doing excavation work. He invited the Singapore Buddhist College to have a linkage program with Taxila Institute of Asian Civilization.

Ven A/P Chang Qing and A/P Welitot highlighted the Buddhist historical linkages of China with Taxila and Gandhara.

Dr Ghani Assistant Professor at Taxila institute of Asian Civilization, Quaid e Azam University, Islamabad talked on The Gandharan Buddhist Iconography, i.e. the style of Buddhist art, that developed in what is now North-Western Pakistan

In his closing remarks Ven Seck Kwang Pheng Sect. General of Singapore Buddhist Federation thanked the High Commissioner in organising such a fruitful insight in the rich cultural religious heritage of Pakistan. He said Singapore Buddhist Federation look forward for more cooperation.

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Date:Sep 18, 2012
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