NEW YORK - The Pakistan ambassador to the United Nations, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, on Friday arranged an exclusive viewing for the UN envoys and art lovers of the ongoing exhibition in New York of a remarkable trove from Pakistans little-known Buddhist past. Addressing the large gathering at the Asia Society, where the exhibition is taking place, Ambassador Haroon, who played a pivotal role in facilitating the release of the precious objects from the museums in Pakistan to New York, said he wanted people here to see the very rich cultural heritage of Pakistan. He paid tributes to Lord Buddha as one of the greatest sages the mankind has ever known, saying his preaching revolve around attaining salvation from worldly sufferings, universal brotherhood, peace and non-violence. Among those present were the president-elect of the UN General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, the deputy decretary-general of the United Nations, Asha-Rose Migiro, top UN officials, noted artists and elite of the city. Most of the works in the exhibition The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara, are on loan from the National Museum in Karachi and Lahore Museum in Lahore. The show, which opened on August 9, will run until October 30. It is the first to bring works of Gandharan art to the United States since 1960. The guests elicited keen interest in the spectacular Buddhist art pieces as many of the works from the historically rich region have never been shown before in the United States. In her welcome address, Asia Society president, Vishakha Desai, said her organisation has a long and deep commitment to Pakistan citing various cultural events held here over the years. She said a lot of work went in before the relics could be released and flown to New York. Desai lauded Ambassador Haroons efforts saying but for him the exhibition would not have happened. Bringing the show was a major feat, said Melissa Chiu, the director of the Asia Societys Museum. Ms Chiu, who paid several visits to Pakistan, said some Pakistani officials, specially Ambassador Haroon, helped clear those hurdles she faced. The president-elect of 192-member General Assembly congratulated Ambassador Haroon and the Asia Society for organising such an important exhibition.