Sri Lanka, Feb. 24 -- "Pakistan is an Islamic nation, where there is no Buddhist population. Buddhism was discouraged and Buddhists

forcibly converted to Islam and that is the reason behind an absence of a flourishing Buddhist population in Pakistan."

These and others are some of the common statements that I hear from my Sri Lankan friends and acquaintances who have never been to Pakistan. Am I surprised? Yes. Am I disappointed? No. And that is because I believe it's not their fault. There is a general lack of awareness on the subject, and the presence of false negative propaganda against Pakistan that results in such a discourse.

If someone believes or propagates that Pakistan has no Buddhist heritage or that Pakistanis disrespect Bud...