Korean team calls for preserving Pakistan's Buddha site

The News, June 15, 2008

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A delegation of Korean Buddhists headed by senior monk Jeon Woon Deok Saturday urged the Pakistan government to initiate measures for protecting and restoring Buddha site in Takhtbhai and make it the biggest place for Buddha worship.

The seven-member team of the Buddhists visited the historic Mahabat Khan mosque to forge interfaith harmony. Deok and his delegation visited different section of the mosque and met its Khateeb, Maulana Yousaf Qureshi.

On the occasion, strict security measures were put in place as no irrelevant person was allowed to enter the mosque premises.

After their visit, Deok held a joint press conference with Yousaf Qureshi and said that the Korean and Japanese governments would finance a university in the NWFP for the protection of the historic Buddha sites. He said talks were underway with the government of Pakistan in this regard.

“Though physically we belong to Korea but spiritually we are deeply attached to Pakistan as Buddhisattvi spread in the whole world from here,” he added. He said all religions should work for the interfaith harmony and promote the message of peace.

Masjid Mahabat Khan Khateeb said that Buddhist community should closely work with the Muslims for bringing peace as Islam believed in peace and tolerance.