Govt to develop Buddhist trail in KP, Punjab

11 May 2019

‘The government is working to develop a Buddhist trail by exploring religious sites in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab to attract followers of Buddhism and monks from across the world,’ noted Pakistan Tourism Development Cooperation (PTDC) Chairman Syed Zulfikar Bukhari.

As reported by Radio Pakistan, the chairman was addressing Buddha’s birthday ceremony in Taxila.

Bukhari said that the initiative was being taken as a part of the government’s plan to market religious tourism.

The trail would start from Swabi and Swat and culminate at numerous Buddhist sites in Taxila, he added.

According to Bukhari, sacred places of other religions, including Sikhism and Hinduism, were also scattered across Pakistan and PTDC planned to provide facilities to attract followers, both from within Pakistan and abroad.

Last month, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi highlighted the “significant potential” of the tourism industry; urging the private sector to play its due role in promoting tourism.

He described Pakistan as the “most beautiful country of the region.” Qureshi was speaking at the Pakistan Tourism Summit where he noted that opening the Kartarpur Corridor would not only help improve ties with India but also serve as an opportunity of religious tourism for the Sikh community.

He continued that tourist places were also being opened for the followers of Buddhism.