Minister Zuhair Praises AKDN’s Cultural Works in Afghanistan

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) Trust for Culture, on consolidation of the historic Bala Hissar fortress surrounding walls and the building.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) to reconstructs and consolidate the walls and the structure of the Bala Hissar fortress as well as to establish an archeological park at its compound, according to the ministry.

During the signing ceremony, the acting minister thanked the cooperation of the AKDN in the areas of restoration of the country’s historical monuments and cultural heritages.

Pointing to the historical background and position of the Bala Hissar, the country’s Acting Minister of Information and Culture said fortress dated back 5 thousand years and once was the headquarter of the country’s kings.

He also said Bala Hissar of Kabul has been the center of monarchy and power of Zahiruddin Babur for 20 years. “Five areas were said to be royal places that are Kabul, Balkh, Kandahar, Ghazni and Bagram,” the minister said.

The acting minister expressed gratitude over AKTC’s cooperation in the restoration of the country’s historical and cultural sites, including Chehelstoon Park, Machine House, 5th Minaret of Herat and the Bala Hissar fortress.

Briefing related to their activities, Ajmal Maiwandi, head of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture said that they began cultural works, including restoration, consolidation and preservation of the historical monuments since 2002 in Afghanistan.

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