2007 World Buddhist Assembly to be Held in Pakistan

September 25, 2006

Source: Dawn


On September 25, 2006 Dawn reported, "[The] Federal Minister for Tourism, Nilofar Bakhtiar, has said that Pakistan will host [the] 'World Buddhist Assembly' next year. Inaugurating Pakistan’s booth at [the JATA World Tourism Congress and Travel Fair], the minister said the decision to hold Buddhist assembly was made in a meeting with the visiting Buddhist delegation. She also declared that 2007 would be the 'Year of Tourism'. According to a statement received here on Sunday, commenting on the tour advisory in certain countries, the minister affirmed that ‘not a single tourist had ever been attacked in Pakistan’... The federal tourism minister said the present government was well aware of the importance of [the] tourism industry as its promotion would generate socio-economic activities in various parts, particularly far-flung and under-developed areas of the country."