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DG UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova lauded efforts for the preservation, protection and promotion of natural heritages of Pakistan

Islamabad - 6/7 February 2014: UNESCO Director General, Ms. Irina Bokova together with State Minister Education, Mr. Baligur-ur-Rehman and Country Director UNESCO, Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata visited historical sites of Taxila.
She was received by Dr. Saleem Ul Haq, Director Archaeology Punjab and Abdul Nasir, Curator Taxila Museum. The Director Taxila Museum gave Ms. Bokova a guided tour of the Museum. At this occasion, Ms. Bokova inquired about the specifics of the sculptures and other objects dating back to Gandhara period. She also spent some time at the Historical Museum Rest House that used to be residence of Sir John Marshal, Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India during 1902-1922.
  DG UNESCO interview with APP at Taxila

Later the delegation led by the Director-General was driven to visit the remains of Sirkap site. Speaking to the Museum authorities and media she said "the people of Pakistan must be proud of its heritage. Taxila is a unique site showing so many layers of civilizations in this country, starting with prehistoric heritage and moving to the Greeks, and moving to Buddhist and Islamic culture... this is a wellspring of creativity, an open book for tolerance, mutual understanding and dialogue, both within the country and abroad."
The DG also visited the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (LokVirsa) where she was received by Saeed Nazir, Secretary Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and Mashhood Ahmad Mirza, Joint Secretary National
Heritage Wing. The DG expressed her keen interests in Lok Virsa Museum galleries. Ms. Bokova also spent some time watching the diverse folk dances representing from the four provinces, being performed by local artists. She also amused by playing harmonium with the local artist upon departure from the venue.
  Folk artistes performance on traditional dances
Later, the DG paid a visit to Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD). The department expressed appreciation for UNESCO's support on floods early warning and flood hazard mapping. She also visited various sections including the media section
supported by UNESCO.

Ms. Bokova also participated in the reception hosted by Ms. Amna Imran Khan, Secretary General, Pakistan National Commission for UNESCO (PNCU) at Serena Hotel.

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