Government is working to preserve archaeological sites: Marri

Ppi April 20, 2010

KARACHI: The Sindh Minister for Tourism Ms. Shazia Marri has said that present government is working for sustainable development of tourism and preservation of world known archaeological sites with an aim to not only earn foreign money but tell the world that Pakistan is a peace loving country.

Ms Shazia Marri said this while talking to media, after meeting a 3 member delegation of UNISCO led by its Director Dr Warren Mellor, National Program Officer Islamabad, Ms Farhat Gul and Communication Officer Ms Amber Junaid, here at the Sindh Assembly building's premises, Tuesday.

Secretary Tourism Sindh Rabia Javeri Agha was also present on the occasion. The UNISCO delegates also visited historical Sindh Assembly Building and Ms. Marri briefed them about the history of the building. Ms Shazia Marri told reportetd that the UNISCO has shown keen interest in the preservation of Moen-jo-Daaro and Makli monuments which are declared as world heritage.

She said that we are striving to develop the archeological sites with all required facilities for local as well as foreign visitors and in this regard the efforts are being taken to improve image and identity of the Pakistan, world-over by telling people of foreign world that we Pakistanis are peace loving people.

Shazia Marri disclosed that a project of a world-class resort at Keenjhar Lake costing to Rs. 700 million, is being planned, which will be inclusive of a handicrafts village to promote local culture which is famous world over.

Ms Marri replying a question, told media that Rs 700 million have been spent upon the development of road to Gorakh Hill Station but yet the site is still out of reach for the common people as there can be reached only through 4 wheel jeep.

She said that we want to build all whether friendly road for Gorakh at the first instant and she will ensure that every penny of the project which is national money, is utilize in proper way. The Minister Tourism disclosed that the UNISCO has planned a training workshop for teachers at Islamabad to utilize their service to engage future generation for the promotion of culture and heritage.


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