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Kunar cultural heritages need to be renovated

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Kunar cultural heritages need to be renovated

 Kunar, a mountainous province of the country, has cultural heritages as historic mosques and shrines having more than 400 years history and need to be renovated.

Kunar provincial director of information and culture Janat Gul Feda told The Kabul Times correspondent, “Kunar does not have cultural heritages like Herat minarets, Bamyan statues and heritages of other provinces. The only historic monuments which are existed in the province are famous historic mosques and shrines having more than 200 to 400 years old.”
Briefing related to the historic mosques and shrines of the province, Feda said, “Two of the historic mosques named as ‘Charaki and Mullah Sahib Baba’ are located in Sarkano district bordering Pakistan. Another mosque named as Mishal Baba and has 350 years history and a shrine named Mullah Sahib Baba, having 150 years history are located in Watapur district. One mosque named as Chamatkhil Mosque and has 400 years history is in Manogai district, while another mosque having 450 years history is in Dangam district. Moreover, a checking post which has 450 years history is in Asmar district, while a tree named as Sangai was a memorial tree planted by Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan is in the province.”
According to Janat Gul Feda, mosques and shrines are part of cultural heritages of Kunar and are old and historic. Most of walls of the historic mosques and shrines are under destruction due to rainfalls and need to be completely renovated. 
“A delegation of ministries of urban development and information and culture has paid a visit to the province to review and survey cultural and historic heritages of the province”, Feda said, adding that after the delegation completed its review in connection with historic and cultural heritages of Kunar, it delivered the report to presidential office through ministry of information and culture and decision would be made after the report was reviewed.
He asserted that the delegation assured of starting reconstruction work on the historic monuments of the province.
According to Kunar provincial director of information and culture, a number of individuals who wanted to traffic historic monuments of the country to Pakistan have been detained by security forces and the trafficked monuments have been submitted to Kunar custom and I submitted all historic monuments and diggings of Nooristan to ministry of information and culture in Kabul soon after I took responsibility of Kunar provincial directorate of information and culture.
Answering a question, Feda said, “Kunar has no museum – if we have museum, we could preserve and protect all historic monuments in it. For a couple of times, former director of information and culture of the province had asked MoIC for construction of a museum and public library and I also suggested the ministry, but the ministry has not responded our suggestion yet and we hope the province will have soon have a museum.” In connection with writers and top poets of Kunar, Feda asserted, “Although Kunar is a remote province of the country, it had top writers and poets in past as Bahauddin Majroh, Shamsuddin Majroh, Kabir Stori, Shams, Jamaluddin Rahman and dozens of others living now in the province.” Related to their problems in the province, director of information and culture said, “As Kunar is a bordering province and facing sometimes with security threats and most of its districts are frequently targeted by rocket and mortar shells fired by Pakistani militaries facing all  historic monuments and the people of the province with risks.