KARACHI: Sindh Culture, Tourism, and Antiquities Minister Sardar Ali Shah said that a three-day Indus Script Conference will be organised at Mohenjo Daro, Larkana with the collaboration of Sindh Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department and National Fund for Mohenjo Daro.
He announced the conference, which will take place from January 9 to 11, while talking to media representatives in his office on Monday. He added that the event will be attended by researchers of 12 different countries, who will present their studies to decode ancient scripts of the Indus Valley Civilisation.
“This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that an international level conference is being held with the aim to decode scripts found from the archaeological site of Mohenjo Daro,” he said. He clarified that the conference, which was held in 2017, was about culture, antiques, and archaeology of the historical site. Whereas, this conference will focus solely on interpreting scriptures found from the lost civilisation. Shah hoped that experts would be able to decrypt some of the scripts and said that if they manage to do so, it will be a huge breakthrough.
Shah believes that such a conference should have been conducted earlier. He blamed the former federal governments, who managed the department from 1947 to 2010, for not taking enough interest in the civilisation of Mohenjo Daro.
“The subjects of archaeology and tourism have been transferred to the provincial governments after the 18th Amendment and the government is trying to make historical efforts despite limited financial resources,” he said.
The researchers will make efforts to decode the script through their respective researches on the first two days of the conference, while the public will be briefed about the outcomes on the third day of the conference. People who are interested in attending the closing ceremony can contact the department.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2020.
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