Protection, rehabilitation of historic sites vital for religious tourism: PM Imran

The Prime Minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting

ISLAMABAD: Describing mausoleums across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan today (Monday) emphasized the need for rehabilitation and protection of historic sites for promotion of religious tourism.

The Prime Minister expressed these views while presiding over a meeting in Islamabad about the comprehensive development and management project of the mausoleum of Hazrat Data Ganj Bukhsh (RA) and the rehabilitation and beautification of Lahore’s historic Badshahi Mosque and other mausoleums in Punjab.

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Provincial Minister for Aauqaf Pir Syed Saeedul Hassan, Provincial Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Special Assistant to CM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Chief Secretary Punjab and other senior officials attended the meeting through video-link.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister called for the formation of a comprehensive plan for the proper use of state lands around the mausoleums so that those could be utilized for hospitals and educational institutions.

The Prime Minister was briefed in detail about the project for preservation, rehabilitation and beautification of Lahore’s historic and religious places including the mausoleum of Hazrat Data Ganj Bukhsh Ali Hijweri and Badshahi Mosque.

Under this plan, Data Darbar will be transformed into a welfare center where the deserving Zaireen will not only be provided with food and accommodation but arrangements will also be made for their education.

As regards the renovation and conservation plan of Badshahi mosque, the meeting was informed that arrangements will be made to provide better facilities to the worshippers besides construction of different facilities including Quran Hall.