A delegation headed by the Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Abdul Razzak Daud visited Samarkand city during their official mission to Uzbekistan.
The Pakistan Delegation had a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Chairman of the State Committee for Tourism Development Aziz Abdukhakimov. The sides discussed their ideas on further enhanced cooperation between Uzbekistan and Pakistan and joint collaboration prospects between the two countries.
The Delegation was informed about the investment opportunities, tourism potential, medical and pharmaceutical perspectives of Samarkand city. The sides also discussed the possibilities of air traffic enhancement between Uzbekistan and Pakistan, developing connections and partnerships between Uzbek and Pakistani entrepreneurs and businessmen, as well as a mutual exchange of experience between the universities of the two countries.
Conditions created for foreign students studying at the Samarkand State Medical Institute were introduced and demonstrated to the guests. Currently, there are 130 Pakistani students getting educated at the Institute. 120 more students and 10 professors are about to visit Samarkand soon, which once again demonstrates the new level of collaboration Uzbekistan and Pakistan have reached mutually today.
The Pakistan Delegation paid a visit to the Mausoleum of Imam Al Bukhari, the great Islamic Scholar and Hadith Collector. Today his tomb lies within the Imam al-Bukhari Complex, in Hartang Village, 25 kilometers from Samarkand. It was restored in 1998 after centuries of neglect and dilapidation. The mausoleum complex consists of Imam al-Bukhari's tomb, a mosque, a madrassah, a library, and a small collection of Qurans. The modern ground level mausoleum tombstone of Imam Bukhari is only a cenotaph, the actual grave lies within a small burial crypt below the modern structure.
The Delegation mentioned that touristic interest in Uzbekistan, particularly in pilgrimage tourism in Uzbekistan, is growing significantly among foreigners, as well as Pakistani people day by day. Considering the abovementioned fact and the role of Uzbekistan in the history of Islamic civilization not only in Central Asia, but all over the world, developing halal tourism to Uzbekistan from Pakistan, by offering ziarat tour packages to Uzbekistan cities, such as Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara and others, would definitely lead to great results in promoting halal tourism to Uzbekistan from Pakistan.