*Ambassador of Japan visits Shah Allah Ditta caves*
ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Matsuda Kuninori on Monday visited thousand-year old historical site Shah Allah Ditta Caves located in Margalla Hills, Islamabad He announced to extend embassy support and consider the construction of a road to thousand-year old historical site for improving transportation to this beautiful Budhist site.
Talking to media during his visit to Shah Allah Ditta caves, he thanks former Deputy Mayor Islamabad Syed Zeeshan Ali Naqvi for an opportunity invitation to visit a beautiful historical place Shah Allah Ditta caves. He said “we are expecting more tourists and business visitors from Japan would come and boost trade, investment and tourism as Japan government soon considering change in the travel guidelines for the visitors to Pakistan”.
He said today visit here to historical caves are very important. “We can understand the significance of this place and great history”, he said.
He said that more people would learn about Gandhara civilization by visiting this beautiful place.
He appreciated the well preservation of Shah Allah Ditta caves.
He said two thousand years ago, Alexander the Great had stayed at this beautiful place. He said that Budhist culture is spread all over here which bring us close.
Shah Allah Ditta caves are prominent religious, cultural and historical importance located at the scenic ‘Alexander Route’.
The 2,500-year old Budhist Caves of Shah Allah Ditta village are located next to the shrine of Hazrat Shah Allah Ditta, a Mughal-era saint, in the Margalla Hills of Islamabad. The Shah Allah Ditta caves and rock shelters were first brought into use by humans during the stone-age.
The ambassador also inaugurated information board at Shah Allah Ditta caves. The custodian of caves briefed the Ambassador about the caves history.
Later, the Ambassador, his wife and senior officials of the Embassy also visited the Budhist stupa.
Earlier, former Deputy Mayor Islamabad warmly welcomed the Ambassador to Shah Allah Ditta caves. Talking to media, he said that this was a big asset for promotion of religious tourism in the country. He also thanked the Ambassador and his wife and other senior officials for visiting Shah Allah Ditta caves.