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Delay in reconstruction of historic sites in Ghazni

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Delay in reconstruction of historic sites in Ghazni

Local authorities find the completion of reconstruction of Ghazni’s historic monuments impossible.

The province’s head of Information and Culture links the incompletion of the project to the delay in the beginning of the work.

While Minister of Information and Culture seems to be optimistic about the reconstruction of the sites, local officials speak about shortfall in the project.

“Certainly there have been shortfalls in the project. What should have been done initially, has not been done. It is still good enough that recently the work on the sites has accelerated. Most sites are rebuilt. We would most likely complete the reconstruction of the sites by the end of the year; however, fresh construction projects that we had planned to complete by the end of the year, there are some problems in the plans and it would be impossible to finish it completely,” said Hamidullah Sarwari, Head of Information and Culture in Ghazni province.

Meanwhile, Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen says that so far no country has stepped forward to collaborate with the restoration of the sites.

According to Dr. Raheen, the projects would be completed before 2013.

“Ghazni would be prepared for the reception of guests in 2013. The guests would like to visit the historic and Islamic monuments of the province; they would not want to see a fancy building. Ghazni has the potential to become a modern city; however, at the moment the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IESCO) requires us to finish work on the restoration of monuments.”

Governor of Ghazni had previously criticized government organs for their failure in doing any work for restoration of the sites and preparation of the province as the center for Islamic Civilization and Culture.

Local authorities claim that only a foundation is laid for the city to become a center for Islamic Civilization and Culture, proper reconstruction work has not progressed.

According to Minister Raheen, the Ministry is responsible to restore 32 sites in the province. Ten of these sites were restored last year and the work on the remaining sites is continuing.



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