Zabul heritage sites on the verge of extinction
QALAT (Pajhwok): Heritage sites in southern Zabul province wear a rundown look and cry for urgent attention from the government, residents say.
Historical landmarks like Shekh Mati Baba shrine, Ghashi Robat, Hassan Mati mausoleum structures, Gurmaw and Shah Mardan historical sites and forts in Shinkai and Shah Joy districts and some others heritage sites are on the brink of extinction, a resident of Qalat, the provincial capital, Lal Mohammad, told Pajhowk Afghan News.
Similarly, another resident of the city, Agha Mohamamd, was also concerned about the endangered historical sites and accused the department of information and culture of not paying attention to them.
“The government should shun the dual-faced policy it has been pursuing in case of Zabul. The government is paying attention to historical sites in other provinces, but not in this province,” he said.
However, Information and Culture director Abdul Muqim Afghan said they had several times shared the issue with the Information Ministry. He said the ministry had pledged rehabilitation of the historical sites, but had not yet allocated any budget in this regard.
“Some historical sites are in insecure areas, so we can’t rehabilitate them,” he mentioned as one of the reasons behind their failure to preserve the heritage.
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