LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed the Lahore Walled City Authority to submit a detailed report on the conservation project.
The court issued these orders on a petition challenging alleged establishment of a restaurant at the Lahore Fort, the world heritage site.
Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh passed the order observing that if the conversation work was being carried out at the world heritage site then the court should be apprised that whether the approval for this conservation was taken or not and which experts were consulted. Advocate Khurram Chughtai, who represented the Lahore Walled City Authority, said that no construction or alteration work was being carried out at the site; it was conservation which was being done in light of the authority’s own laws.
Most people know and identify Taxila as the first ever University, where great scholars like Chanakya received their higher education, but did you know when and who built this sanctum of formal education?
It is said that Lord Rama before surrendering his life divided equal regions under the rule of his sons and nephews. He coroneted his sons, Luv and Kush as the crowning prince of Ayodhya and declared the coronation of Bharat’s son Taksha over Gandhara region.
Taksha during his reign build the first ever University, where greatest masters and scholars imparted and shared their knowledge and wisdom with those who yearned for higher education. The university was named after their King Taksha, hence got its name Taxila.
Like many of the great Indian thinkers and philosophers and eminent personalities, Chanakya also studied and taught at the first university of the world–Taxila.
Unesco’s World Heritage Committee, in its draft decision on Shalimar Gardens and Orange Line Metro Train, clearly says that OLMT poses an irreversible and permanent threat to Shalimar Gardens, which is a World Heritage Site, and it may be taken off the World Heritage Sites list permanently if the project goes ahead as planned.
The World Heritage Committee released the draft decision keeping in view the longstanding debate on the transportation-led development project of the Punjab government. The government is carrying out construction work inside the 61-metre protective buffer zone of the international heritage site of Shalimar Garden in violation of international laws as well as the national antiquities act.
This draft decision will be finalised through a vote of member states in the upcoming WHC meeting in July 2017.
LAHORE: The World Heritage Committee (WHC) has released its draft decision regarding construction of Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) near the Shalamar Gardens on which it will finalize its decision through a vote of member states in the upcoming WHC meeting in July this year. This was stated by the representatives of civil society on Friday in a press conference here in Lahore Press Club.
Expressing their grave concern on construction work of OLMT, they said that despite the stay order of Lahore High Court on construction work near heritage sites, Punjab government is continuously violating the court orders. They informed that the decision draft of WCH clearly mentioned that the project poses an irreversible and permanent threat to Shalamar Gardens and Lahore Fort.
If nothing is done to protect the ruins — already neglected and worn by time — they will fade into dust and obscurity.
The centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro was one of the world’s earliest cities — a Bronze Age metropolis boasting flush toilets and a water and waste system to rival many in modern Pakistan.
Some 5,000 years on archaeologists believe the ruins could unlock the secrets of the Indus Valley people, who flourished around 3,000 BC in what is now India and Pakistan before mysteriously disappearing.
But they warn, if nothing is done to protect the ruins — already neglected and worn by time — they will fade to dust and obscurity, never taking their rightful place in history.
Are you one of those people who love to explore the forgotten path? Want to rediscover hidden treasures that have withstood the test of time? Here are a few places in and around Karachi that might strike your fancy.
It may sound creepy but you have to see this beautiful graveyard located near Landhi town on the N-5 National Highway, 29 kms east of Karachi. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, what makes these tombs unique are the intricate stone carvings that mark the graveyard of the Jokhio tribe. Jokhio was a tribe that was from the Samma tribe that is known as the clan of Rajputs.
Misri Shah Monument
Said to be one of the seven saints guarding Karachi from natural disasters, Misri Shah is also regarded as Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s brother.
As requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session in 2016 (Istanbul, Turkey), a joint World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Reactive Monitoring mission is due to be undertaken in the near future as soon as the invitation letter from the Government of Pakistan (Province of Punjab) is issued.
The World Heritage Committee at its 40th session (Istanbul, 2016) expressed its serious concern about the development of the Orange Line Metro and requested the State Party to prepare a visual impact study of the Orange Line Metro project to be presented to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies before pursuing the works related to the Orange Line Metro associated with the Shalamar Gardens;