By Nazir Siyal
LARKANA: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday has called upon archaeologists and conservation experts to explore new ways and means of research and hitherto undiscovered ruins of Indus Valley Civilization.
Talking to the inauguration 3-day International Conference on the Indus Valley Civilization at Mohenjo Daro, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah emphasized world community to initiate and the research to know values of this ancient civilization for proper way out of conservation work.
He assured all the resources and required financial help would be provided by the Government of Sindh and the world community with a view to accomplish the task under provincial culture, Tourism and archaeology department.
Murad Ali Shah paid rich tributes to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto for organizing first ever conference on Mohenjo Daro in 1972, for a long way inviting the attention of the world community to this heritage of humanity.
While lauded the role of UNISCO for launching an appeal across the world to protect and preserve the sites of world heritage. CM assured that recommendations and suggestions finalized by this International conference would be implemented in a letter and spirit.
The UNESCO Country Director expressed concern over Mohenjo Daro, had been facing threats of flood and other environmental issues adding that UNESCO would continue to extend assistance to protect the ancient sites.
UNESCO Country Director underlined the need of enhancing capacity of expert and establishing modern laboratory. She also appreciated strong commitment demonstrated by the Sindh Government to protect and preserve the site.
She further said that the entire world community was willing to preserve and protect all tangible and intangible heritages of the area across the world which was a testimony to the unity in diversity.
Renowned archaeologist, Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari in his key note address said that decipher of the Indus script still remained as a challenge to archaeologists of the world. He underlined the need of conducting more research and exploration to know of graveyards and cemeteries used by inhabitance of the Indus Valley civilization to bury their dead.
He also called upon UNESCO vigorously pursue its appeal to the world community for conservation of Mohenjo Daro, for now lost its momentum. He also urged the government to review and update laws and policy viz-a-viz protection and preservation of Mohenjo Daro.
Earlier, Sindh Minister for culture and archaeology Syed Sardar Ali Shah in his welcome address said that in the wake of devolution of powers to provinces, a number of development projects had been launched by the Sindh Government, aimed at protecting and preserve the sites of Mohen Jo Daro, adding that recommendations of the technical committee on the cultural corridor were being implemented vigorously by the provincial government.
The Chief Minister, on the occasion, inaugurated a dedicated website on Mohen Jo Daro on the occasion, while a documentary on the historic aspects of research and excavation of Mohenjo Daro was screened.
The conference was attended among others by Provincial Ministers Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, Senator Sassui Palejo, national and International archeologists and experts abroad.
CM says more research to explore on undiscovered Indus Valley Civilization
By Nazir Siyal