ISLAMABAD: A seminar to study and analyse the deep footprints of Buddhism origin and the civilisation in Pakistan was held on Monday at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) in collaboration with MISIS (Myanmar), a statement said. The theme of the discussion was “Gandhara Civilisation and Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan.”
The highly intellectual discourse thread-barely dwelt into the rich culture, history and monuments of Buddhism in Pakistan, as it is the seat of the ancient religion.
The speakers were Aye Kyaw, managing director and chief executive officer of Rubyland Tourism Services, Myanmar; Dr Nadeem Omar Tarar, Gandhara Chair University of Wah; Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA and patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council; and Dr Pyiet Phyo Kyaw, Prof Department of Archaeology, University of Yangon, Myanmar. Former ambassador to Vietnam, Shahid Kiani was the discussant.
The participants eulogised the values of Buddhism as a religion and social way of life and stressed on promoting tourism.
It was underscored that a couple of well-prepared documentaries’ are needed to project the culture and history of Pakistan vis-à-vis Buddhism. The museums and other relevant literature are too dry and does not carry the required enthusiasm, it was noted.