LARKANA: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Thursday vowed to increase efforts for the preservation of the ancient city of Mohenjodaro and other archaeological and historical sites across the province.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of an international conference on Mohenjodaro, the CM said that the government is making efforts to increase awareness about Mohenjodaro and the history and culture of the Indus Valley among the youth and across the world.
He thanked Minister for Culture Syed Sardar Ali Shah for his efforts to organise and host an international conference in Mohenjodaro after over forty years.
The Chief Minister Sindh also launched a website of the historic city, which is the first for any heritage site in the country.
Syed Sardar Ali Shah during his welcome address said that it is of utmost importance that efforts are made for the preservation of historical sites.
He said that the government of Sindh will establish a cultural corridor from Makli to Mohenjodaro. He hoped that this conference will be milestone for the preservation of the history and culture of Sindh.
Unesco country head Ms. Vibeke Jensen said that Pakistan has placed its complete trust and responsibility with Uneco for the preservation of heritage sites and other historic monuments.
She said that the agency had started a campaign in Mohenjodaro since 1997 and has made efforts to preserve the basic structure of the historic city.
She said that it is necessary to launch programs to increase awareness and attract tourists to the site. She also called on scholars and experts should conduct more relevant credible research about the Mohenjodaro.
The three-day conference will be addressed by local and internationals scholars and, who will provide valuable suggestions for the improvements and preservation of the city.
The 8000-year-old city is the largest of the Indus Valley Civilisation and one the oldest in the world. It was discovered by British archaeologist Sir John Marshall in 1924.