Pakistan, S Korea to promote bilateral ties through tourism

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Senior Minister Muhammad Atif Khan has said that Pakistan and South Korea bilateral ties will further be cemented through promotion of tourism and culture and people-to-people contacts.
Talking to Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea to Pakistan, Kwak Sung-Kyu, who along with a delegation called on senior minister here Friday, Atif Khan said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was a holy place for Koreans as Buddhism reached Korea from this part of the world through a monk named Maralanda [Maranatha] in 4th century CE.
Korean Buddhism can be directly traced back to the Gandhara civilization, he said. The senior minister said that many Buddhist holy sites, monasteries, and archaeological ruins were located in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The senior minister and Korean envoy discussed various matter pertaining to mutual interests. The ambassador congratulated the senior minister on forming the government in Centre and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Meanwhile, in a meeting with Dr Maryam Chughtai of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the senior minister, who also has the portfolio of Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, Culture, Museums and Youth Affairs, said that the KP government was trying hard to stand the youth on their feet by providing employment and launching businesses for them under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Impact Challenge programme.
The senior minister said the KP Impact Challenge programme was first of its kind government-led initiative for economic and social impact competition to promote youth entrepreneurship, innovation, and to provide economic opportunities to talented youth.

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