SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, June 22 (APP): President Mamnoon
Hussain on Wednesday visited the mausoleum of Imam Muhammad Bin
Ismail Al Bukhari, the 8th century great scholar known for his
compilation of Hadith named `Sahih Bukhari’.
The President made a stopover in Samarkand to pay respects at
Imam Bukhari’s mausoleum on his way to capital Tashkent, from
Islamabad, where he is due to attend the 16th meeting of Shanghai
Cooperation Organization (SCO) on June 23-24.
Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry accompanied the President.
The President paid tribute to Imam Bukhari, whose compilation of Hadith is regarded as the most authentic. He said Muslims around the world owed to Imam Bukhari for his contribution in the compilation of an important segment of the religious faith.
He visited various sections of the mausoleum’s complex including library with a rare collection of books relating to Islamic Shariah and Hadith.
Mamnoon Hussain also visited the mausoleum of Amir Temur, the great conqueror of 13th century with magnanimous victories recoded in the history. Amir Temur is officially recognized as the national hero of Uzbekistan for laying the basis of a state in Central Asia.
The President later visited the Raigistan Square, meaning the desert
place, and evinced keen interest in the architecture of historic
monument. He also praised the Uzbek Government in restoration and
uplift of the ancient structure dating back to Temurid dynasty.
Earlier on his arrival at the historic city, the President was received by Haakim of Samarkand Barnoyev Uktam Isayevich and Chairman State Committee for Privatization Davron Khidoyatov.