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Damaged in past wars: Historic Khost forts being repaired

Damaged in past wars: Historic Khost forts being repaired

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Nov 25, 2019 - 16:43

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Historic sites that were damaged during the past conflicts are being rehabilitated by the government in southeastern Khost province, an official said on Monday.

The historic sites include two military forts situated on a hilltop south of Khost City, the provincial capital.

Syed Qabil Shah Miakhel, an official of the provincial Information and Culture Department, said the two forts had been damaged in past conflict and they were 100 years old.

He said the forts were constructed during Nader Shah rule. Miakhel said Nader Shah sent a battalion of soldiers to these forts to face Saqawi rebellion.

The walls of these forts are two meters wide and contain bunkers and bridges in their corners.

During the Talibaninfo-icon regime, the fort was used as prison, but currently the facility is under the army control.  Miakhel warned if these sites were not rehabilitated, they would perish.

 “These are vital historic sites of Khost and we often share the matter of their rehabilitation with the central government,” he said.

Provincial Council member Abdul Wali Wahidzai said Takhta Beki was known as home to historic sites on Loya Paktia level.

He said rehabilitation of these sites would help revive the historic importance of Khost and would contribute to the beauty of the provinces as well.

Governor Halim Fidai, while visiting the sites, said the Cultural Department was working with concerned government institutions to explore the history of the site. He said Takhat Beki sites rehabilitation required funds.

The government wants to hand over the TakhtaBeki sites to the Housing and Urban Ministry in future.

After their rehabilitation, the sites would serve a tourist destination and would add to the historic value of the province.

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