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Historical sites, artifacts under threat of destruction

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Historical sites, artifacts under threat of destruction

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Apr 30, 2017 - 16:32

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Local officials said on Sunday most of historical sites and monuments in northeastern Badakhshan province were under threat of destruction from local strongmen.

Information and Culture Director Naqibullah Saqibyar told Pajhwok Afghan News Badakhshan had 5,000 years old history but the 30-year conflict had damaged historical sites there.

One site in Dasht-i-Khamchan, a desert located a kilometer west of the provincial capital, ran the risk of being damaged. “This desert was once invaded during the Genghis Khan era and the historic castle there was reconstructed later on.

“But the castle was recently ruined and converted into a residential area by land mafia and powerful individuals,” the official said, fearing the historical sites and artifacts might be destroyed if the government did not pay attention to their protection.

“The Dasht-i-Khamchan desert measures 750 acres but 150 acres have been grabbed by land mafia and strongmen,” the director said, explaining the bridge on Kokcha River, built 300 years ago, had been damaged partially.

However, he said the reconstruction of the bridge was planned by the Information and Culture Department. Work on the link would be launched once the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) provided funds.

He said 22 historical sites were registered with his department. There are more historical monuments in other parts of the province but they have neither been surveyed nor registered for lack of funds.

Saqibyar urged donors, particularly AKTC and the central government to pay more attention to the protection of historical sites in Badakhshan.

Syed Hussain, another information and culture official, said eight historical sites were under threat. They have been dug up and the artefacts sold abroad during more than three decades of war in the country.

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