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Protection of cultural heritages our obligation

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Protection of cultural heritages our obligation

 Since Afghanistan has been the passage of different civilizations in the course of history and at the same time cradle of certain native civilizations too. All these civilizations have advanced, grown and developed in different parts of the country and have left behind numerous cultural heritages in form of historical monuments and works. Afghanistan is a rich country of historical relics most of them had been unearthed as a result of archaeological excavations that have beside national attractions caused touristic sites and have always been attracting the attention of the world tourists.

These relics have provoked admiration and amusement of the world people across the global and been a source of pride of our people and their ancestors who had been the creators of those works. These relics have caused development of the tourism industry, and provided a lot of employment opportunities for large number of countrymen who support their families through this sector.
Unfortunately some countrymen make unsympathetic approach with these works which are our priceless moral and national prides, may be due to this reason that they think that these works belong to pre-Islamic religions and today they would mislead our people. Some others make unprofessional and illegal excavation to smuggle these relics and make money as during these illegal excavations a number of these work destroy or damaged. The MoIC had already reported on posing with destruction of over 1200 historical monuments throughout Afghanistan. The previous and ongoing wars and insecurities have caused damaging and destruction of these relics and paved the way for destruction or smuggling of these works. But the Afghan government is welaware on importance of these relics and has undertaken certain programs for protection of these monuments including establishment of ancient sites protection units and their deployment in archeological areas, rebuilding or repairing of these sites. A trust cultural initiative artistic fund was realty established by the Afghan government and the UNESCO and the Afghan government is expected to invest hundreds million dollars in this fund to be used for protection, rebuilding and repairing of these sites. An agreement has been signed between the Afghan government and the UNESCO as the latter would help the government in protection of historical relics. The UNESCO director who visited Kabul promised efforts to add other ancient parts of Afghanistan including Herat, Bagh-e-Babur, Balkh and Band-e-Amir to the list of the world heritages. 
Mohammad Daud Nejrabi