The three days International Conference on Mohen jo Daro & Indus Valley Civilization is all set to kick off from 9 to 11 February, 2017 at Mohen jo Daro Larkana, and scores of foreign delegates have already arrived here at Karachi.
The Culture Department Government of Sindh and National Fund for Mohen jo Daro (NFM) are hosting the Conference, and it is expected that many of the conference recommendations shall go a long way in resolving the pending issues, and help studies in the field to find right way forward, said the Minister Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Syed Sardar Ali Shah, who is also the Chairman of the Executive Board of the NFM.
He said that the arrangements for the International Conference on Mohen jo Daro are finalized, and it going to be a historical event as the one and only event of this kind was held in 1973 by the then President Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
The minister added that the conference on Mohen jo daro is an effort to bring together scholars from different countries to discuss, deliberate and recommend the diverse academic questions as well as propose the measures for the conservation of the Indus Valley site from further deterioration.
Scholars from USA, Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Britain including Mr Ayumu konasukawa from Japan, Mr. Denys Frenz from Italy, Dr. Carla and Dr. Marco from Spain, Brad Chase and Dr. Richard Meadow from USA have already arrived at Karachi airport where DG Culture Khalid Chachar warmly welcomed the guest. After their brief stay at hotel, they visited the National Museum, and took keen interest in particular galleries of Indus Valley and Gandhara Civilization.
The conference would be a unique event wherein the experts will discuss on archeology, ecology, geology, history, regional linkages, technology, urbanism and its history in Mohen jo Daro, Palaeoosteology of Indus valley, and other themes particularly the new emerging content of Middle East linkages to the Indus Valley civilization.
The Convener of the Conference Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari said that the Indus Valley Civilization has bagged a good amount of academic attention; there is no doubt that in the institutions, where work relevant to South Asia is undertaken, have been instrumental in putting in place, projects leading to extended studies on the Neolithic and Bronze Age sites throughout the region, spreading over to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and areas in the Persian Gulf.
He said that the Conference shall discuss new research, find out means of enlarging scope of academic studies, forge new collaborations, consider the age old question of preservation of archaeological ruins exposed to the natural and manmade reasons, and above all the presentation of the Bronze-age sites.