ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has every reason to be proud of the thousands of years old cultural heritage, said the Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan, Noor Muhammad Jadmani. Excavation from Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa suggests that Indus valley civilization was developed like Nile or Euphrates in many aspects, he said while addressing 71 members of NHK culture centers from Yokohama and Hikarigaok cities who visited Embassy of Pakistan in Japan, said a message received here.Pakistan is a cradle of civilizations and traces its history back to at least 2500 years, when highly developed civilizations like Indus and Gandhara flourished here.Archaeological finds indicate that buildings structures of the Mohenjo-Daro have deep similarities with ancient cities in Egypt and Iraq, he added.
The Ambassador called upon the people of Japan to visit Pakistan where they can find the best Buddha sculptures preserved in Taxila, Peshawar and Lahore museums.“Pakistan is paradise for culture tourists, particularly those who have interest in ancient civilizations,” he said. Though Pakistan also received a large number of adventure tourists from all over the world, he added.The Ambassador told the audience that Pakistan has been playing a lead role in war against terrorism and was a frontline state against militancy, which has badly affected our economy. Today our country is faced with energy deficiency, unemployment and rising poverty.“In this respect we look towards our Japanese friends to help us through investing in Pakistan and supplement our efforts to strengthen our economy and generate jobs. My appeal was to the corporate sector of Japan to utilize Pakistan’s economic potential,” the Ambassador said.He said that no other country in Asia enjoys such an important geographic location as does Pakistan. It is a gateway to Central Asia and has geographic proximity to Middle East and Africa.Pakistan offer tremendous opportunities for the Japanese entrepreneurs who could market their products not only in Pakistan but can easily market them in Central Asia, Middle East and Africa.Later, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Imtiaz Ahmad, gave a detail briefing on Pakistan’s culture.Documentary films of the archaeological sites, historic buildings and Buddha sculptures of various periods were shown to the members of NHK culture centers – APP