PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar said Wednesday that KP remained an abode to Budha and Gandhara civilizations, an abundant of available relics of which were cautiously and efficiently preserved. 

Similarly, he added, the historic Khyber Pass of Fata has remained the major route for all the invaders of Indian Sub-Continent from the West and all these factors further added to great attraction from tourism point of view, besides the available natural resources in this area.

Welcoming the visiting Princess Maha Sirindhorn at a reception, which he hosted at Governor’s House, Peshawar, in her honour, the governor said there was a need for encouraging tourists from Thailand.

“On our part, let me assure every support and patronage in making this possible,” he said. Despite witnessing extreme state of challenges both in respect of manmade problems and natural calamities in the area, the governor said, pace of progress in every walk of life continued; schools and hospitals are being established; cultural rituals, religious and civic festivities and hustle and bustle in markets have remained alive without any break.

This is the beauty of life in this region and the city of Peshawar in particular, he remarked.

Her Highness Princess also spoke on this occasion and thanked the governor and the people of the province for extending a warm welcome to her.

Speaker KP Assembly Karamatullah Khan, KP senior ministers, Bashir Ahmad Bilour and Rahimdad Khan, provincial ministers, parliamentarians, senior government officials, tribal elders and distinguished citizens of Peshawar also attended the ceremony.

Talking about the historical background of the relationships between Thailand and Pakistan, the governor said neither Thailand nor its people are strangers to Pakistan as both the nations have been enjoying relationships for the last more than half a century, when formal diplomatic protocol was established.

This milestone of the two centuries, he added, has witnessed several history making occasions of the level that we are enjoying today and such visits have been contributing a lot in further cementing relationships between both the countries in the past and will definitely bear fruits in future too.

Highlighting the importance of the visit, the governor said, Her Highness Princess and the entourage from Thailand are the guests of the proud people of this part of the country whose cultural values, democratic mindset, spirit of accommodation, exemplary courage and bravery can be found in the annals of history and their presence indeed is a very pleasant and goodwill gesture for bringing the people of Pakistan in general and of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata in particular closer to their brethrens of Thailand. 

This province, the governor said, bears great attraction from geographical, ecological and climatic point of view as well and one can find consistently snow covered mountains, deserts, lush green valleys and fertile agricultural fields which offers crops and fruits of every season and every kind, precious and semi-precious stones of all the popular varieties of the world.  

Earlier, soon after her arrival at the Governor’s House, the Princess had a courtesy call on with the governor wherein she was briefed about the historical, cultural and geographical importance of the region.

APP adds: Maha Chakri Sirindhorn said Thai government was well aware of the sacrifices of people of the brotherly country Pakistan in war against terror and it totally supports Pakistan’s principled stance on the issue. She said Pakistan rendered sacrifices on this global issue.

She expressed these views while visiting the famous educational institute Islamia College University.

She said Pakistan and Thailand are two friendly countries tied in a bond of friendship. The Princess appreciated the hospitality of people of KPK and assured all-out support of Thai govt in fields of education, health and social welfare.