King Amanullah Khan's mausoleum on verge of collapse
JALALABAD (PAN): The mausoleum of former Afghan ruler King Amanullah Khan and his family members in eastern Nangarhar province is on the verge to collapse and needs to be reconstructed, culturists said on Wednesday.
Constructed in 1960, the mausoleum needed urgent attention of the authorities concerned, writer Lal Pacha Azmoon said, adding other countries hired guards for the protection of their national heroes' tombs
In Afghanistan, however, the government did not care about the maintenance of such places, he told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The Ministry of Information and Culture has been informed about the cracks in the building, Director of Culture Aurang Samim said. The governor had also been asked for the reconstruction of the mausoleum, he added.
The mausoleum is located in Amir Shaheed Garden near the governor's house. The body of Amanullah Khan, who died in Zurich in 1960, was brought to Afghanistan and buried in Jalalabad by former King Zahir Shah.
Abdul Ahad Abbasi, the head of historical monuments department at the Ministry of Information and Culture, said that they had not been informed about the possible collapse of the mausoleum.
A team would be sent to the province when the Nangarhar Culture Department submitted a formal request to the ministry, he added.
Governor Gul Agha Sherzai said that a survey for the reconstruction of pathways in the garden would start next week. The mausoleum would also be reconstructed by August 19, Sherzai promised.
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