The foreign diplomats lauds the tourism potential and rich historical heritage of Pakistan’s wondrous northern region following weeks of visits to Buddhist heritage sites in KP and Gilgit-Baltistan(GB).
A delegation of High Commissioners of Netherlands, Canada and other countries visited the historic Buddhist heritage sites in KP. The diplomatic delegation was awestruck with the historical heritage in Pakistan and called for its preservation.
“Pakistan is a land of history: lucky to learn about the #Gandhara #Buddhist civilization from @samadarab and his team along with diplomatic colleagues. These sites are of priceless heritage value for and the world as a whole!” wrote Gilmour in a tweet.
Pakistan is a land of history: lucky to learn about the #Gandhara #Buddhist civilization from @samadarab and his team along with diplomatic colleagues. These sites are of priceless heritage value for 🇵🇰 and the world as a whole!@DCHaripur @UNESCO @kptourism pic.twitter.com/RFGz2aBCHi
— Wendy Gilmour (@gilmour_wendy) October 19, 2020
“Beautiful day in #Khanpur valley exploring the rich history and diverse cultures of #Pakistan,” wrote the ambassador of Netherlands in a tweet on Sunday.
Beautiful day in #Khanpur valley exploring rich history and diverse cultures of #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/TAvavTTk7A
— Wouter Plomp (@NLAmbPlomp) October 18, 2020
The visit was organized by the provincial government of KP to promote tourism which is adversely affected by a pandemic coronavirus.
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“Promoting heritage tourism; @KPDOAMOfficial has resumed post-COVID-19 activities to promote heritage tourism in the province,” said a statement on the official Twitter account of the Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf KP chapter.
A delegation consisting of Canadian High Commissioner, Ambassadors of Holland, Denmark, Belgium and country heads of IMF and World Bank have visited World Heritage sites of Jaulian and Bhamala in Khanpur valley.
— PTI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (@PTIKPOfficial) October 18, 2020
“A delegation consisting of Canadian High Commissioner, Ambassadors of Holland, Denmark, Belgium and country heads of IMF and World Bank have visited World Heritage sites of Jaulian and Bhamala in Khanpur valley,” the statement read further.
Diplomats tour KP, GB
Earlier, this month British High Commissioner, Christian Turner, and Canadian High Commissioner Gilmour made their maiden tour to Pakistan’s scenic Gilgit-Baltistan. The tour to Pakistan’s wondrous GB stunned the diplomats. The visit was organized by the Aga Khan Foundation and Canadian High Commission.
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Both the diplomats visited various historic and tourist spots in the region including the Altit and Baltit Fort. The diplomats said that they are eager to bolster responsible and sustainable tourism in Pakistan. They also participated in the Clean and Green Hunza campaign in Gulmit, Gojal, Hunza.
“In my first visit to the North of Pakistan I was blown away by its natural beauty,” said Turner in his official statement.
Aapka mehman nawazi ka shukriya cc @sayedzbukhari @PakistanJannatt @PakistanNature pic.twitter.com/0rEuFo6xLu
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) October 10, 2020
He added that the potential for sustainable tourism and its communities are at risk from climate change.
Spectacular beauty of the #Astore Valley, #GilgitBaltistan: trekked from Rupal to Rama Meadows around the NE side of Nanga Parbat. #Pakistan is a #hiker’s paradise! (1/4) pic.twitter.com/D1nUweVvC0
— Wendy Gilmour (@gilmour_wendy) September 17, 2020
“As part of our preparations for hosting the 2021 COP26 climate negotiations, the UK will do more to help vulnerable communities in Pakistan deal with the impact of climate change and protect these magnificent landscapes. Our world is our responsibility,” Turner said.
GVS News Desk