Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wants more Pak sites as World Heritage

KARACHI: Patron-In-Chief Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has urged the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO to speed up work for declaring 18 more heritage sites in tentative list of Pakistan as World Heritage Sites to preserve the rich cultural and natural common heritage of humanity.

On the eve of World Heritage Day being observed by UNESCO on April 18, the PPP Patron-In-Chief pointed out that dry-core drilling has started early this month at the site of Moen Jo Daro to reveal the whole magnanimous city, which thrived 5000 years ago, said a statement issued by Bilawal house media cell on Thursday.

It may be recalled that UNESCO Committee has so far declared six sites in Pakistan as World Heritage Sites, the statement said.

Earlier, Pakistan ratified the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1976 under the leadership of Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto paving the way of marking Moen Jo Daro, Taxila, Buddhist Ruins of Takht-i-Bahi and neighbouring city remains at Sahr-i-Bahlol, Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore, Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta, and Rohtas Fort as World Heritage Sites on the globe, it added.

Pakistan is mantaining another list of 18 more heritage sites to be considered and declared as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO Committee.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he is personally monitoring the preservation of Moen Jo Daro as preserving our heritage remains a national duty of all of us as inheritors of our rich culture and ancient civilization.

The PPP Patron-In-Chief appreciated the UNESCO and its World Heritage Committee for their research and hard-work to protect and preserve the heritage sites as shared wealth of humankind.