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Afghanistan owns another touring exhibition, hits visitors’ record, Hakimi

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MoIC media advisor and spokesperson,Haroon Hakimi MoIC media advisor and spokesperson,Haroon Hakimi


KABUL: Afghanistan’s well-known treasuries, attributed to the Mes Aynak (Ainak Copper) and Bakhtar, the famous names of the country’s rich mines, have been recently displayed in Czech Republic and South Korea, as Haroon Hakimi, MoIC’s media advisor and spokesman said they could introduce the country’s historical identity and unique civilization.  


The Mes Aynak relics, Hakimi went on to provide details in an exclusive Interview with The Kabul Times cultural correspondent, had been repaired in the friendly Czech Republic were displayed for up to seven months, with some high ranking authorities of the republic, including Vice President and Chief of Army Staff visiting the outstanding treasury, the number of which reaches to 145. 

Since 2009, up to 1241 transferable and hundreds of non-transferable relics have been found from the Mes Aynak area, repaired and shown in different exhibitions in the Czech Republic’s capital city, while the Bakhtar treasuries have been displayed in S. Korea, a work could highlight the Ministry of Information and Culture's achievement in its way to introduce Afghanistan’s glorious historical relics.  

The revenues received from Afghanistan's touring exhibitions of Bakhtar and Mes Aynak reached to $5million, with the portion of the government would be secured based on the 19th display of Bakhtar treasury and up to 50 percent national revenues from the Mes Aynak exhibited relics, said Hakimi.

He went on as briefing about the difference between the two historical relics and explained that Bakhtar relics which are made of gold reflect civilizations of historical periods between 4 BC and 1st AD centuries, while Mes Aynak related treasury, which is mostly a Buddhist site also describes different civilization between 2nd to 7th AD within the country’s history. 

 The artifact you see here is a statue of Buddha, the so-called Miracle of Sravasti.


Setting of the Afghan historical relics demonstrate the Afghan noble culture and history on one side and on the other, the move would secure firm cultural relations between the Afghans and other nations, said Hakimi who noted some other countries like France, Japan and England were interested to have the Afghan treasuries shown in their countries, but no agreement had so far been reached.  

Such exhibitions, the MoIC’s media advisor said would help the Afghan National Museum staff get familiarized with the visitors from other countries and realize their reaction about what had been put in show and most importantly help them increase their experiences during the visiting process of various nations’ tourists. 


   Minister of Information & Culture, Abdul Bari Jahani signing MoU with Czech ambassador in Kabul on Mes Aynak exhibition, July 13, 2015 


According to him, the Ministry of Information and Culture is working on some excavations on some historical relics, especially the work process is going on to repair some 25  monuments, while 1235 more monuments have so far been registered with the ministry’s cultural office. 

“The process for registration of the remaining monuments are going on,” said Hakimi.

Bakhtar Treasury had been exhibited in 12 countries of the world, while this is the first time, the Mes Aynak relics are being displayed in the Czech Republic. 

Mes Aynak archaeological site is located some 40 kilometers eastward from Kabul. The site is important as of the crossroads on the ancient Silk Route, mining agglomeration, several Buddhist monasteries and stupas. There are 25 Afghan and 12 foreign archeologists, including dozens of Ministry of Information & Culture’s staff busy doing excavations for further amazing discoveries.

Archaeologists believe that Mes Aynak is a major historical heritage site, and in addition to the Buddhist monasteries and other structures from the Buddhist era that have already been identified, Mes Aynak also holds the remains of prior civilizations likely going back to centuries ago.