LAHORE   -   US ambassador to Pakistan Donald Armin Blome on Monday visited historic Wazir Khan mosque in the old city 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 Wah­ga. He will also watch the Pakistan-England T20I match at the Gaddafi stadium during his sojourn.

Wazir Khan mosque, 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 United Satets government is proud of playing its role in the preservation of the cultural sites in the different parts of the coun­try through the Ambassador’s Fund, adding that 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.