LARKANA: Archeologists have claimed that funds allocated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other donor agencies for the developmental work at the world-renowned heritage site, Mohenjo-Daro, were being wasted owing to the incompetence of the authorities concerned.
During the conference which was organized by Sindhi Adabi Sangat (SAS), Larkana Chapter, eminent researcher and archaeologist Syed Hakim Ali Shah Bukhari said, “It is tragic that work on Mohenjo Daro is being carried out through contractors rather than archaeologists,” which he believed would cause “considerable damage to the site.”
Scholar and politician Jagdesh Ahuja said that religious extremism had distorted Sindh’s true identity.
However, he also said that he harboured great hopes with Sindh’s new generation whom he believed would be able to revive the province’s culture. He believed that in the face of rising religious intolerance, Sindh’s culture had managed to stay largely secular.
Renowned archaeologist Prof Dr Ghulam Mustafa Shar said that despite Rs30 crore annual budget, drinking water facilities had not been provided for tourists at the world heritage site.
He said that the area of Mohenjo Daro which was actually spread to two to five kilometres had been encroached upon adding that paddy was sown on Mohenjo Daro area after waterlogging drain was built by UNESCO to drain out salinity water. He also said women of influential families took away necklaces from the Mohenjo Daro museum and other artefacts had also been stolen from there.
Speaking about the culture of Mohenjo Daro, Dr Shar said that 18 out of 26 alphabet letters of the English language had been borrowed from the Mohenjo Daro language.
The conference was followed by a play “Doolah Darya Khan” which garnered huge applause from the audience.