Abdul Khaliq Qureshi
The Chairman Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf Imran Khan accompanied by diplomats of certain foreign countries visited Bhamala, the archaeological site near Khanpur, district Haripur, where Archaeology Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Gavernment had carried out heavy excavation and discovered historic artifacts of Buddha and remains of the ancient architecture.
The discoveries included a 48 feet long part of sleeping Buddha – the longest one among those existed in different parts of the world, it was told to the visiting dignitaries. The Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad azam Khan welcomed Imran Khan and the foreign diplomats as the Provincial Government had invited them to visit the site. The Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Asad Qaisar, MPA Faisal zaman, the PTI Leaders Yousaf Ayub Khan and Dr. Raja Amir Zaman, and officers of the provincial Archaeology and Museum, Department as well as local administration were also present on the occasion.
Commenting on the Buddha site the Defense Attaché of Sri Lankan High Commission, Brig. Hemant Bandara thanked Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government for inviting to the site and providing opportunity to see 48 feet long and rare artifact of Buddha as a 46 feet long such statue exists in Sri Lanka, he revealed. Expressing his pleasure over discovering and preserving the heritage site at Bhamala, the Korean Counsellor, kim Ing Ko said visiting and seeing the ancient remain would help us better understand centuried old civilization of the whole region.
The Chief Secretary Azam Khan lauded the endeavors of the archaeological for discovering such a calm and peaceful site that was conducive for meditation and worship of God, he added. The PTI leader, Yousaf Ayub on this occasion disclosed that the Archaeology department was planning to excavate some 25-30 more sites in this area to find the remains of Gandhara Civilization.
In his media talk the Chairman Imran Khan appreciated the Chief Secretary’s initiatives for promoting tourism and heritage in the province. He said that Budha Civilization can attract tourists particularly from South East Asia and Bhamala discoveries would be exploited for the tourism promotion under a plan already initiated by the provincial government. He said such a step would not only provide facilities to the local and international tourists but also help the provincial government generate revenue from tourism. He told that foreign envoys were invited to the site for the same purpose.