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King Amanullah Palace in Ghazni still in rundown state

King Amanullah Palace in Ghazni still in rundown state

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May 08, 2019 - 15:01

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Built by the hero of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s freedom King Ghazi Amanullah Khan, the historic place in his name in the Muqur district of southern Ghazni province continued to be in a dilapidated condition.

About 96 years ago, former king (Shah) Ghazi Amanullah Khan while traveling from Kabulinfo-icon to southern Kandahar province along with his wife ordered the palace’s construction.

Many residents of Muqur district believe the king built the palace to please Queen Suraya.

The royal couple would spend some time at the palace, known as King Amanullah Khan Palace, when they would travel from Kabul to southern part of the country with ministers and others officials, the residents remembered.

However, the residents say they are concerned about the bad condition of the building, something they blame on negligence and lack of attention on the part of the authorities concerned.

"King Amanullah Khan often traveled on horse and would stay in the hall of the palace for several days," said Nik Mohammad, who claims to be 120 years old.

The resident of Mir Khan area of Qarabagh district further added that King Amunllah Khan would receive public complaints during his stay at the palace.

Another resident of Familio locality district, Haji Noorullah, said most of the palace had destroyed. He said: “Some people once visited the site in the name of survey but nothing happened after that.”

He said the fort was located near the district center and insecurity should not be made an excuse for not repairing the palace.

Provincial information and culture department head Muhibullah Rahmani said the mentioned palace had been surveyed twice.

““It is a historical fort but most of it parts are damaged,” he added, saying efforts were underway to allocate fund for the palace’s repair works.

On the other hand, a number of Ghazni residents have conducted a fundraising campaign on social media for the place’s reconstructioninfo-icon.

The old building has living rooms, a hotel, a garden and other facilities.

Muqur district is located on the Kabul-Kandahar highway around 100km from Ghazni City.

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