JHELUM (Punjab): Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated ‘heritage trail’ at historic place ‘Nandana’ in Jhelum here on Sunday. Talking to media after the inauguration, Premier said that it is imperative to preserve our historic heritage for our coming generations. Modern world conducts research over its history but our archeology department isn’t that active unfortunately.
Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, Federal Minister for science and technology Fawad Chaudhary and Special Assistant Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari during Jhelum visit.
The Prime Minister said that advancement in tourism department helps eradicating unemployment. Heritage trail was inaugurated because historic philosopher Al-Biruni calculated the volume of Earth during his stay at this place in 11th century. Al-Biruni later wrote a book about Nandana and mentioned it as educational center.
Prime Minister further said that Mohenjo Daro and Harappa were discovered by foreigners, we lack immensely in historic research. Allah blessed Pakistan with best of natural sceneries, water resources, and all kinds of blessings. Therefore, we can provide world with best of tourisms’ features.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said the government was doing all to promote tourism and generate employment opportunities for youth in Pakistan, which was bestowed with abundant natural resources including sea, high mountains, salt ranges, and historical sites.
“Preservation and protection of our historical sites and national heritage is essential for our coming generations,” Imran Khan said after inaugurating the heritage trail at the Al Biruni point (Baghan Wala Village) at the Nandana Fort in district Jhelum.
The project was undertaken as part of the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan for the promotion of tourism and in line with the National Tourism Strategy 2020-30.
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Ahmad Chaudhry, Special Assistant to PM Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and senior officers were also present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister said no nation in the world could achieve progress and development without knowing its history which enabled it to have comparison with the current and past achievements.
“We have to protect our historical sites and buildings,” he said and remarked that the historical sites in Pakistan like Mohenjo Daro and Harappa were discovered by the British.
The Prime Minister appreciated the discovery of 40-feet Budha in Haripur by an archeologist and called for more excavations to find historical places in the country.
He said Baghan Wala would be made a modern village along with the development of other facilities like hotels, restaurants etc., for the promotion of tourism as well as for the development of local area.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said development of heritage trail in the area, which was used by Abu Rehan Al-Biruni for quantification of earth’s circumference in 11th century for the first time, would help develop area and bring it on the world’s map as a tourist and historical site.
He, however, added that as tourists in Switzerland, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Turkey were properly taken care of by the local populace, the people of Baghan Wala would also have to take ownership of the heritage trail for the promotion of tourism in their area.
The Prime Minister while interacting with the local people said the government would provide soft credit to youth of the area for the establishment of hotels, restaurants and other allied facilities for tourists.
He assured the local people that the government would also preserve and protect forests in the area by planting olive trees.