THATTA – Thatta is an ancient city of Pakistan. Thatta was the medieval capital of Sindh and served as the seat of power for three successive dynasties.
UNESCO recommended that a boundary wall be built around the majestic Makli necropolis. It could not materialise as votes are dearer to the Pakistan Peoples Party, says the World Heritage Watch Report 2018.
World Heritage Watch is a Berlin-based independent body overlooking conservation activities at UNESCO-listed heritage sites. In its 2018 report, anthropologist Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro writes about Makli, the largest necropolis of the world in Thatta that contains the tombs and graves of kings, queens, poets and religious scholars.
“I have been writing about these issues since forever but nobody listens,” Dr Kalhoro tells SAMAA Digital. “You see, big money is involved.”
His report says that local elites, who have occupied Makli land, resisted building a boundary wall. “The local Shirazi family is creating problems and influencing the State Party [Sindh, Pakistan] not to complete the boundary wall – it would appear that political parties listen more to local elites who are also their voters,” says the report. “They don’t want to lose their votebank, and this is one of the reasons the boundary wall has been stopped.”
Read more from source: No boundary wall for Makli as Shirazi votes dearer to PPP: report – Samaa TV
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Managing Director Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor has said that Pakistan can be a paradise for foreign tourists due to its amazing historical World Heritage sites.
“Pakistan is famous for its amazing World Heritage sites which declared by United Nations, Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),” he said. Basically, the UNESCO is the organisation that promotes different well-known sites for the education, scientific and cultural purposes.
The World Heritage sites of Pakistan includes Moenjodaro, Taxila, Rohtas Fort in district Jhelum, fort and Shalimar Garden in Lahore, historical monuments at Makli in Thatta and Takht-e-Bahi in Mardan. Archeological ruins of Mohenjodaro stands among the ancient civilisations of the world.
This city regarded as the city from the third millennium BC and is entirely made with unbaked bricks and mud. Buddhist ruins of Takht-e-Bahi were founded in the early first century that is also known as the throne of origins. Another nearby site is the Sahr-i-Bahlol which are ruins of a city. They are kept under the UNESCO world heritage sites and marked as the educational and scientific purposes.
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THATTA: Sindh Chief Minister, Murad Ali Shah, addressed the first International Conference held at Makli, Thatta here. He said that the culture of Sindh is one the richest in the world and the history of Mohenjo-Daro is central to it.
Although the historical heritage of Makli necropolis is not a famous necropolis, yet but it is a tale of thousands of people buried there who were a part of one of the early civilizations known to history, he added.
He assured that the recommendations presented by experts and researchers during the conference regarding the improvement of the historical necropolis will be given due consideration, and the government will try to employ all its efforts to work for the implementation of the recommendations.
Challenges and problems faced by Makli would be addressed on priority basis and issues would be resolved, the CM said.
Heritage sites remind us of historical experiences of humanity, says US consul-general.
The United States (US) recognises that the cultural heritage sites in Pakistan are essential reminders of the historical experiences of humanity and conservation efforts should be carried for the preservation of such sites so that they continue telling stories of the past.
This was said by US Consul-General Grace Shelton during her visit to Makli on Sunday to attend the completion ceremony of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project for the preservation of the tombs of Sultan Ibrahim and Amir Sultan Muhammad at the cemetery.
Makli is one of the greatest historical sites situated in Sindh. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) included Makli in the list of world heritage sites in 1981.