Kabul's Historical Sites to be Restored by New Committee

Afghanistan's Ministry of Information and Culture establishes a committee to preserve and restore historical sites in Kabul, focusing on the Shahr-e-Kohna area and buildings along the Kabul River. The committee plans to begin restoration efforts soon, with residents expressing support for the project.

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Kabul's Historical Sites to be Restored by New Committee

Kabul's Historical Sites to be Restored by New Committee

Afghanistan's Ministry of Information and Culture has established a new committee dedicated to preserving and restoring historical sites in Kabul, with a focus on the Shahr-e-Kohna area and buildings along the Kabul River. The committee, established by decree from the leader of the Islamic Emirate, is set to begin restoration efforts in the near future.

Why this matters: The preservation of historical sites in Kabul is crucial for the country's cultural identity and national pride. Moreover, restoring these sites can also contribute to the city's economic development through tourism, creating new opportunities for local communities.

According to Khabib Ghufran, spokesperson for the Ministry of Information and Culture, "At the recent meeting held by the committee, the restoration of the Old City of Kabul was discussed. Those involved in the project include shopkeepers and others with businesses in the city, who have coordinated on this decision. It was also decided by the committee that some of the places that have been destroyed will be reconstructed in their former state."

Residents of Shahr-e-Kohna, one of the historical areas slated for restoration, expressed their support for the project. Mohammad Rauf, a resident, noted, "Our old area used to be very much a mud-brick home, the people were very historical, but now some of them have left and the poor among us remain." Another resident, Najib, explained the historical significance of the area, saying, "They call it Shahr-e-Kohna because each street used to retain a name from the past. Each street had its own elder and leader, like the street of Sangkashan, Aashiqan O Arefan, and Wazir street and some more that people used to live in; we are now in Parancha street. All the mosques you see are historical."

Weis, a resident of Shahr-e-Kohna, expressed his hopes for the restoration project, stating, "We request that it be restored to its old condition. It is very good for the people, for us, and for the homeland." Abdul Hamid, a resident of Kabul, echoed this sentiment, saying, "If it is damaged, it should be restored, so we can see how we once had a culture, how we had historical places, and this should be restored for us."

The Directorate for the Preservation of Historical Monuments of the Ministry of Information and Culture had previously announced the commencement of restoration work on historical buildings in the Andarabi alley in Kabul. Many residents of Shahr-e-Kohna and other parts of Kabul are pleased with the restoration of this historical area and call for serious attention to the protection and restoration of historical sites.

The establishment of the new committee by the Ministry of Information and Culture marks a significant step towards preserving Kabul's rich historical heritage. As restoration efforts begin, the people of Kabul look forward to seeing their cultural landmarks restored to their former glory, ensuring that future generations can appreciate and learn from the city's storied past.

Key Takeaways

  • Afghanistan's Ministry of Information and Culture establishes a committee to preserve and restore historical sites in Kabul.
  • The committee will focus on the Shahr-e-Kohna area and buildings along the Kabul River.
  • Restoration efforts aim to preserve cultural identity and national pride, and boost economic development through tourism.
  • Residents of Shahr-e-Kohna support the project, hoping to restore the area to its former condition.
  • The committee's efforts mark a significant step towards preserving Kabul's rich historical heritage.