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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

Pak sends fasting Buddha to Lanka

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 14 May, ( As a special gesture of goodwill and friendship, Pakistan has dispatched the statue of ‘Fasting Buddha’ to Sri Lanka where it would be put on public display in one of the main temples of Colombo during the forth coming Vesak celebrations, says a message received here from Colombo.

This unprecedented step was taken in response to a request made by the President of Sir Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse during his recent visit to Pakistan.

The statue was handed over to the Chief incumbent of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihariya by the Pakistani High Commissioner Mr. Bashir Wahli in a special ceremony held in the Sri Lankan capital which was also attended by the country’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Cultural Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane.

It may be mentioned that special arrangements were made by the government of Pakistan to shift the statue from the National Museum, Lahore to Sri Lanka in view of the country’s close and cordial relations with Sri Lanka. It would remain on public display for two days on the eve of National Buddhist
Festival of Vesak to mark 2550th year of Buddha Jayanthi before its return to the country.

The government and people of Sir Lanka have lauded the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in this regard.

- Asian Tribune -

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