US envoy visits Masjid Wazir Khan, lauds cultural heritage of Lahore

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022

LAHORE: American ambassador to Pakistan Donald Armin Blome on Monday visited historic Masjid Wazir Khan and praised the cultural heritage of Lahore.

During his three-day maiden visit to the provincial capital since his arrival in Pakistan, the US ambassador will visit various places besides watching the flag-lowering ceremony at the Wagah. He will also watch the Pakistan-England T20I match at the Gaddafi stadium during his sojourn. Masjid Wazir Khan, since 2009, has been restored and preserved through the Ambassador’s Fund while the work on the restoration of the domes inside and different shops and ‘hujras’ outside the mosque was in progress.

Speaking on the occasion, Blome said Lahore was custodian of the rich cultural heritage and the American government was proud of playing its role in the preservation of the cultural sites in different parts of the country through the Ambassador’s Fund, adding some 32 such cultural sites were preserved in the country through the US funding since 2001. “It is inspiring to see work done at this cultural heritage of such magnitude and it continues to be done.

The United States government is committed to preserve the cultural heritage sites in Pakistan and the projects like this exemplify depth and breadth of our partnership”, the diplomat said, adding that he looks forward to continue the Pak-US partnership in future. Terming people to people contacts as strength of US-Pak bilateral relations, the ambassador underlined the importance of the people to people contacts, adding that the projects like this add to the community bonding. He said the Pakistani community in the US was playing a vital role in furthering the mutual ties. Donald Blome said, “Pakistan is passing through the most difficult times due to the incessant flooding in most parts of the country and was saddened by the loss of lives and livelihood”, adding that the United States government stands side by side with Pakistan.

The US envoy said his visit to the City was significant as Pakistan and the US celebrated 75 years of diplomatic ties, adding such projects were hoped to shape the surroundings and future of our children. Ambassador Blome was accompanied by US Consul General Lahore William K Makaneole, Public Affairs officer US Consulate Lahore Bryce AIsham and Deputy PAO Carl Rogers.

Earlier, the Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) Director General Kamran Lashari briefed the envoy on the restoration and preservation at the Masjid. He also shed light on the restoration of other cultural heritage sites by the WCLA. The ambassador Donald Blome visited different parts of the Masjid.

He was shown round the houses renovated on the Northern side of the gate while had had the view of the Masjid from the adjacent roofs. Blome showed keen interest in the calligraphy work.