First-ever Vesakha Festival concludes successfully

Islamabad—The first-ever Vesakha Festival organized by the Government of Pakistan was successfully concluded with the return of delegation to Colombo last evening. The Sri Lankan delegation was invited by the Government of Pakistan to visit the Gandhara region. During their stay in Pakistan the delegation visited Taxila and Takht-i-Bhai besides visiting Islamabad and Karachi from May 29th to June 1st 2016.
The Sri Lankan delegation led by Minister for Primary Industry Hon. Daya Gamage and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Hon. Anoma Gamage and comprised of senior Monks/religious scholars, Senior Government officials and pilgrims. Press Attaché of Pakistan Mr. Muhammad Daud Ehtisham also accompanied the delegation as special representative of High Commission of Pakistan.
As a special gesture of goodwill the Government of Pakistan invited clergy and pilgrims only from Sri Lanka to this historic occasion. Minister for Primary Industry, Hon. Daya Gamage, in a statement to media at Bandaranaike International Airport, said that the visit of the Sri Lankan Monks and the exposition of Pakistan’s most sacred relics in Sri Lanka would open new avenues of cooperation in the field of culture.—Agencies

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