Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah called upon archaeologists to explore new ways and means of research to explore remaining and hitherto undiscovered ruins of the Indus Valley Civilization, so that the world community would be able to know values of this ancient civilization and assured them that all required financial resources would be provided by the Government of Sindh.
Inaugurating a 3-day International Conference on the Indus Valley Civilization at Mohen Jo Daro, near Larkana, he lauded the role played by UNESCO for launching an appeal across the world to protect and preserve the site which was a universal heritage. He paid rich homage to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto for organizing the first ever conference on Mohen jo Daro in 1972 which, he said, went a long way inviting the attention of the world community to this heritage of humanity.
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The CM held out an assurance that recommendations and suggestions finalized by this International conference would be implemented in letter and spirit. He also praised the Provincial Archeological and culture Department for organizing the International conference on the Indus Valley Civilization.
The UNESCO’s Country Director in her address said that Mohen Jo Daro had been facing threats of onslaughts including flood, adding that UNESCO would continue to extend cooperation to protect the ancient site. She underlined the need of enhancing capacity of expert and establishing modern laboratory. She also appreciated strong commitment demonstrated by the Sindh Government to protect and preserve the site.
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She further said that the entire world community was willing to preserve and protect all tangible and intangible heritage across the world which was a testimony to the unity in diversity.
Renowned archeologist, Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari in his keynote address said that decipher of the Indus script still remained as a challenge to archaeologists of the world. He underlined the need of conducting more research and exploration to know of graveyards and cemeteries used by inhabitants of the Indus Valley civilization to bury their dead.
He also called upon UNESCO to vigorously pursue its appeal to the world community for preservation of Mohen jo Daro, which, he said, had for now lost its momentum. He also urged the government to review and update laws and policy viz-a-viz protection and preservation of Mohen Jo Daro.
Earlier, Sindh Minister for culture and archeology Syed Sardar Ali Shah in his welcome address said that in the wake of devolution of powers to provinces, a number of development projects had been launched by the Sindh Government, aimed at protecting and preserving Mohen Jo Daro another ancient sites, adding that recommendations of the technical committee on the cultural corridor were being implemented vigorously by the provincial government.
The Chief Minister, on the occasion, inaugurated a dedicated website on Mohen Jo Daro. At the outset, a documentary on the historic aspects of research and excavation of Mohen Jo Daro was screened.
The conference was attended among others by Provincial Ministers Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, Senator Sassui Palejo and Archeologists from the country and abroad.