Historical sites under threat in remote Ghazni town
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Illegal excavations by gunmen posed a serious threat to historical objects in a remote district of southern Ghazni province, an official warned on Tuesday.
The unlawful digging in the Khwat area of Nawar district could lead to the plunder of pre-Islamic artifacts, said a provincial council member, Mohammad Safi Akbari.
Aided by wealthy smugglers, "unscrupulous elements" from others parts of the country have been excavating the archeological sites for more than a month, Safi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Valuable statues and earthenware in the town could be smuggled abroad if the excavations were not stopped immediately, said Safi, a resident of Nawar. The issue has been taken with local security officials, he added.
District chief, Khuda Dad Halimi, acknowledged the unlawful activity but was unaware whether or not the gunmen had smuggled anything. He said policemen had been sent to Khwat and Dasht Kala areas, located 110 kilometres north of Ghazni City, to protect the sites with the cooperation of locals.
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