The National History and Literary Heritage Division signed an MoU with the Inter Art Channel, Republic of Korea to organize an exhibition of Gandhara artefacts and sculptures from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in two cities of Republic of Korea for a period of six months starting from March next year.

The Memorandum was signed by Secretary, National History and Literary Heritage Division, Mr. Mohsin S. Haqqani and President of the Inter Art Channel, Republic of Korea, Mr. Yangsoo Kim, in the presence of Director General (Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy), Mr. Rahim Hayat Qureshi and Director General (EAP), Mr. Javed Jalil Khattak, from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Joint Secretary (Heritage), Mr. Mashood Ahmad Mirza, Director (Archeology and Museum Department), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Abdul Samad and Secretary of Gandhara Art & Culture Association, Islamabad, Dr. Esther Park were also present during the event.

The MoU would help strengthen the existing excellent relations between Pakistan and Republic of Korea by opening of a Highway of cultural cooperation between them. Through the exhibition not only the rich Buddhist archaeological treasure of Pakistan would be displayed in Republic of Korea but it would also project the soft image of Pakistan which would help draw religious tourists to Pakistan.

The Gandhara civilization, whose core region was located around the city of Peshawar in North-West Pakistan, was not only the centre of spiritual influence but also the cradle of the world famous Gandhara culture, art and learning. This ancient source of the region’s culture has created an empathy between Pakistan and other countries of Central, South and East Asia which needs to be strengthened.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of its Public Diplomacy initiatives aimed at promoting Pakistani culture abroad, has undertaken efforts to organize with the assistance of our Missions Abroad a series of Ancient Pakistan Exhibitions. The Ministry endeavours to arrange such public diplomacy events in order to project Pakistan’s culture, heritage and ethos both at home and abroad.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage