Pakistan High Commissioner in India Salman Bashir today appreciated the rapid development in Bihar and said his country was keenly awaited the proposed visit of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar next month to know more from him about the 'Bihar Model' of development.
"Pakistan is fascinated by rapid strides Bihar has made in a short time...There is a lot of interest in Pakistan to know about the success story of Bihar," Bashir told reporters after meeting the chief minister at his residence here.
Accompanied by his Deputy Babbar Amin, Bashir said this was his first visit to the eastern state and he was really impressed with what had been demonstrated to him about the state.
Kumar will head a 12-member delegation of ministers and officials from the state to Pakistan from November 9-16. He is going there on an invitation of Chief Minister of Sind and Punjab provinces.
He is scheduled to visit Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and return by road through the Wagah border.
Asked if Pakistan would have increased trade engagements in Bihar, Bashir said many significant things would emerge in after the Kumar's visit.
A Pakistani Parliamentarians' delegation to Bihar in August this year had heaped rich praise on the chief minister and commended his success in bringing a turnaround in the state.
To a question on Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist captured alive after the attacks in Mumbai in 2008, Bashir said "it is a judicial process."
Asked about some unpleasant events in the recent times of Pakistani boys leaving Indian brides after marriage and returning to their country, Bashir said "there are still many irritants which need to be tackled."
Bashir and Amin accompanied by bureaucrat-turned JD(U) MP N K Singh later went to see Patna museum, Buddha stupa and Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, which holds a unique repository of 21,000 oriental manuscripts and 2.5 lakh printed books.
He went through several rare Arabic and Persian manuscripts stored there.
"Bashir sifted through rare manuscripts like Tarikh-e-khandan-Timuriya, Diwan-e-Hafiz and Diwan-e-Kamran," Library's Director Imtiaz Ahmad told PTI.
"Tarikh-e-Khandan-Timuriya belongs to the Akbar era and carries the autograph of Shah Jahan," he said. The manuscript was inscribed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2011, the only Persian manuscript from SAARC countries to make it to the UNESCO, he added.
"Diwan-e-Hafiz contains the autographs of Mughal emperors while Diwan-e-Kamran has the autographs of Shah Jahan, Jehangir besides British emperor Edward the VIII," he said.
The Pakistani High Commissioner also went through different copies of the Quran and Historia Sarcenica, the bilingual Arabic and Latin text on the history of Arab, the Director said.
He said the Pakistani dignitaries were presented an album of medieval scientific instruments and also some recent publications of the Library.
The Khuda Baksh Oriental Library is one of the oldest libraries in the country. It has a unique collection of about 21,000 oriental manuscripts and 2.5 lakh printed books. This library was opened to public 1891 by the Bihar Maulavi Khuda Baksh Khan.
The Library was declared an Institute of National Importance 1969.