USAID mission for Pakistan offers cooperation over Kashmir: Sarwar

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Amraiz Khan

Lahore

USAID Mission for Pakistan’s Director Julie Ann, US Consul General Catherine Rodriguez and 70-member delegation of Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism led by its President Venerable Wonhaeng called on Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar on Monday. Governor Punjab has announced to start Budhmat Chair in all the universities and organizing International Budhmat Conference.
According to details, USAID Mission for Pakistan’s delegation on Monday met Governor Punjab and discussed cooperation in the ongoing USAID projects, Pak-US relations, Kashmir issue and regional situation, said spokesman for governor. Governor Punjab said that Pakistan and US are getting closer together, and relationship between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President is also exemplary.
He said that all the global powers including America should play their role in resolving the Kashmir issue. Indian war hysteria and atrocities against innocent people of occupied Kashmir has put the regional peace at stake. Pakistan has always talked of peace, however this cannot be restored in the region until settlement of Kashmir dispute. He said that active cooperation by USAID to Pakistan in various fields including health and education is a good omen. We also thanked the US government for its support to promote Pakistan’s business sector.
While, Director Julie Ann said that USAID is providing two lac US dollars as Challenge Fund Grant to businessmen and innovative people, thus building future of Pakistan’s trade sector. New businesses and innovative approach in industrial sector not only help flourish economy but also improve industrial production and increase employment opportunities.
While talking to Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism delegation led by its President Venerable Wonhaeng, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar assured that cultural heritage of Budhmat in Texila will not only be fully conserved but also be renovated. He said that for the first time in Pakistan, an International Budhmat Conference will be organized and followers of Budhmat religion from across the world will be invited to the conference.
He said Pakistan government is working actively to promote religious tourism in the country. Kartarpur Corridor Project has been appreciated by Sikh community worldwide, and now we will conserve and renovate the holy places of Budhmat, Christianity and other minorities. He added, “I am sure you will go back with a message of love and peace from Pakistan and will tell the world that Pakistan is a peace loving country where tourists are provided complete security and other facilities.”
On this occasion, Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism President Venerable Wonhaeng said, “We do appreciate the Punjab Governor’s announcement regarding holding of International Budhmat Conference. Lahore is a historic city and we have received unmatched love and affection in Pakistan. We do tell our countrymen that Pakistan is a peaceful country.

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