LAHORE, Mar 14 (APP):Punjab Governor Mohammad Sarwar and newly appointed chairman of Religious Tourism and Heritage Committee, constituted by Prime Minister Imran Khan, hassaid that Pakistan is home to various religious sites and rich cultural heritage, which attracts tourists across the globe.
“Ancient Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Bhuddist civilisations
and heritage have made Pakistan an attractive destination which
needed to be promoted,” he said during a meeting with local
journalists at the Governor’s House on Thursday.
Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar said Prime Minister Imran Khan
wished to promote religious tourism and the other members of
the committee included Federal Minister Railways Sheikh
Rashid Ahmed, Education and Heritage Minister Shafqat
Mehmood, Federal Minister Religious Affairs Noorul Haq
Qadri, Provincial Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Higher
Education Minister Raja Humayun Yasir and Punjab Auqaf
Minister Syed Saeed-ul-Hassan.
About the Kartarpur Corridor, he said it would help
promote religious tourism in the country. “It would lay the
foundation of religious tourism as Pakistan was home to
rich cultural and religious heritage of different religions,”
he responded.
To a question, the governor said that respect for religious
sentiments, not political motives, were at the heart of
building the Kartarpur Corridor, adding that India’s Prime
Minister Narendra Modi was forced by the public pressure to
agree on the project.
The Punjab governor hailed the meeting between officials
from foreign offices of both countries, adding that the
joint statement bode well for the construction of Kartarpur
Corridor.
About the thaw in Pak-India relations, he said the clouds
of war had not fully cleared from the region, adding that
Narendra Modi pursued politics of violence and nothing could
be predicted about the situation until the Indian general
elections were held in India.
About religious tourism, he said a dedicated 672 feet
long tunnel was being built for the Sikh yatress from a
specially built platform along the railway track in Nankana
Sahib to provide safe, hassle-free entry to the Gurduwara. He
said the tunnel would be constructed from donations to fast
track the project.
About diplomacy, Ch Sarwar said he had written to British
and European Union (EU) parliamentrians to highlight
war-mongering of the Indian government and atrocities in
Indian-held Kashmir, adding that the British and EU
parliamentarians had agreed with Pakistan’s point of view.
The governor said Pakistan had browbeaten India on
the diplomatic, political and military front during the recent
incidents, and the world-powers did not pay heed to Indian
mantra and accepted Pakistan’s stance.
“Gone are the days when India gained diplomatic
ascendancy on the international front, while we have defeated
India in the recent standoff under the dynamic leadership of
Prime Minister Imran Khan.”
About his relations with Punjab Chief Minister Usman
Buzdar, Punjab Govenror Muhammad Sarwar said there were no
differences between the two offices, adding that they were
on the same page on all matters.