ISLAMABAD: China is ready to provide training to archaeological experts and researchers of Pakistan on the methods to preserve the potential archaeological sites and artefacts, said a six-member Chinese delegation led by Zhang Xiaolan on Wednesday during a meeting with National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division Secretary Aamir Hasan.

Welcoming the Chinese delegation, Secretary Aamir Hasan said Pakistan and China are tied in the long lasting relation of iron brothers. This relation is strengthening with each passing day through mutual trust and cooperation. He said Pakistan and China need to enhance cooperation in the fields of literature, history and culture like other fields. Aamir Hasan said the division under the supervision of Adviser to Prime Minister on NH&LH, Irfan Siddiqui is diligently working on the plan to establish National Museum of Pakistan at federal capital which would help preserve thousands of artefacts.

He said the foundation stone of this state-of-the-art museum will be laid early next year as per the vision of Adviser to Prime Minister, Irfan Siddiqui.

The federal secretary said Pakistan is a centre of ancient civilisations and the holy places of different civilisations including Sindh Valley, Mohenjodaro, Gandhara, Mehrgarh, Harappa exist in Pakistan. He said Pakistan always ensure best arrangements for Sikh Yatrees and Buddhists when they visit their holy places in Pakistan to celebrate their religious festivals as the constitution of Pakistan ensure complete religious freedom to minorities.

The members of Chinese delegation appreciated the efforts of the present government for focusing on the promotion of literature and culture and offered to provide training to the Pakistani experts on the preservation of archaeological sites and antiquities to enhance their capabilities.