US to spend over $260,000 on restoration of Makli Hill tombs

Published: September 17, 2014
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US Ambassador Richard Olson addressing during his visit to Makli Hill in Thatta on Wednesday. PHOTO: US CONSULATE

US Ambassador Richard Olson addressing during his visit to Makli Hill in Thatta on Wednesday. PHOTO: US CONSULATE

THATTA: The US government has announced to spend more than $260,000 on the restoration of the tombs of Sultan Ibrahim and Amir Sultan Muhammad in Makli Hill, Sindh, under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador Richard Olson during his visit to Makli Hill in Thatta on Wednesday.

“The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation is a centrepiece of America’s partnership with Pakistan in the area of art and culture,” he said.

The envoy said the US embassy has worked with partners in federal and provincial governments on 17 projects across Pakistan.  This is the first project in Sindh.  “Our investments in these cultural preservation projects demonstrate our respect for the rich heritage and diversity of Pakistan,” he added.

Situated some 98 kilometres east of Karachi, Makli Hill is one of the largest necropolises in the world. The site includes the tombs of kings, queens, governors, saints, scholars, and philosophers from the 14th Century to the 18th Century.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named Makli Hill a World Heritage site in 1981.

The AFCP is supporting the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 countries around the world.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Asif Siddiqi
    Sep 17, 2014 - 9:04PM

    Appreciation where it is due… good job.

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  • Ali
    Sep 17, 2014 - 9:20PM

    thanks

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  • Josh
    Sep 17, 2014 - 11:45PM

    I hope they use it for intended project and not for expansion of their own mansions.

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  • Noman
    Sep 18, 2014 - 12:36AM

    Congratz to Qaim Ali Shah, Zardari and Co.

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  • Aqib Ali Shah
    Sep 18, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Thank you USA for doing this for the
    people of Sindh, Although federal
    government ignored these historical
    places of Sindh so that they could
    dump all of the fascism in the name of
    Islam. Thank You for saving the
    historical remains of Sindh, I request
    you to do the same for the rest of the
    historical places of Sindh, as the
    Provincial & Federal government would
    rather go for building madarsahs which
    had became the sanctuary of Talibans &
    Terrorists.

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  • Stranger
    Sep 18, 2014 - 6:46PM

    Good step. The borders should be opened for tourism / study / religous purposes. Awareness should be instilled on both sides of our glorious / common past.

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  • Artemis Fowl
    Sep 19, 2014 - 6:45AM

    Ignore the miserly living souls and glorify the dead !!
    Ignorance and backwardness at its epitome !

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