Munter taken away by beauty of Shalimar Gardens
LAHORE: US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, his wife Dr Marilyn Wyatt and Consul General Nina Fite on Sunday visited the Shalimar Gardens, classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Punjab Archaeology Department Deputy Director Afzal Khan greeted the ambassador and gave the delegation a tour of the 17th century Mughal gardens.
The ambassador praised the gardens’ beauty and took keen interest in the conservation efforts underway at the site.
The ambassador visited the first and second terraces of the gardens, named Farah Baksh (Bestower of Pleasure) and Faiz Bakhsh (Bestower of Goodness), respectively. He was particularly impressed by the fountains and marble pavilions.
With the spring season underway, the delegation was treated to the beauty of the gardens’ flowers that were in full bloom. The delegation also praised the incredible cultural heritage of the city.
Speaking on the occasion, Munter said that the US hoped for long-term ties with Pakistan, as Washington-Islamabad relationship had a bright future.
“There have been ups and downs in the Pak-US ties, which are based on decades-old relationship, and it would improve,” the ambassador said while talking to media. At the end of the tour, Munter signed the gardens’ guest book.