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Jabal Saraj Palace, valuable cultural heritage, needs to be renovated

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Jabal Saraj Palace, valuable cultural heritage, needs to be renovated
  Jabal Saraj City, old city of Parwan is located beside of Silk Road and north of the capital Kabul, Afghanistan. According to historic evidences, it is said that one of the bases of Alexandria the Great was located in the respective city. It is surrounded by the high peaks of mountains. 
The city gained new importance under the Emir Habibullah, who shifted the governor’s seat to it. Moreover, he built a palace and a large fortified cantonment nearby, giving them the name Jabal al-Seraj, which gradually replaced the old name of Parwan. 
This change of name has produced some confusion about the location of the former Parwan. 
In regard with Jabul-al-Saraj palace, Provincial Director of Information and Culture for Parwan Abdul Wahid Hashemi to The Kabul Times correspondent, “Jabal Saraj palace was built in 1907 during the reign of Amir Habibullah Khan, father of Amanullah Khan and was used as the quarters of Kingdom till the rule of Ghazi Amanullah Khan.    
“This valuable monument with its secrets and stories from the past long periods and perplexed architecture showing culture and civilization of this historic area’s people attracts tourists, researchers and artists”, Hashmi said.  
Related to destruction of the palace, Hashimi added, “The palace was once destructed partially during invasion of USSR and was changed as military base. By the victory of Jihad of the people of Afghanistan, the palace was renovated and protected by the government of Mujahidin. But, unfortunately the palace was targeted with artillery and rockets during the regime of Taliban and was destructed 80 %”.
 “After Taliban regime was toppled in 2001, Afghanistan government paid attention to protection of the palace and prevented from further destruction of the palace. In 2012, former governor of Parwan Gen. Abdul Basir Salangi started effort to reconstruction of the palace, but much work was done in this regard”, Hashim further said.
He praised influenced figures and local councils of Jabal Saraj district for their efforts in connection with protection of the cultural and valuable monument, adding that current governor of Parwan Mohammad Asim Asim has put surveying and following the issue of palace’s reconstruction in his top priority.
Related to survey of this palace, Mr. Hashimi said, “In 2015, a delegation led by Parwan provincial directorate of information and culture and membership of engineers form provincial directorates of urban development, rural rehabilitation and technical services started reviewing and surveying the palace and submitted the report to governor office”, adding that based on survey, the governor office offered suggestions to ministry of information and culture and independent administrative of local governance and fortunately it is determined that surveying process of the palace would be completed within two months  and its reconstruction work would be started in 2018. 
At the end, Parwan provincial director of information and culture Abdul Wahid Hashimi added that the government was determined this time to renovate the historic palace of Jabal Saraj and it was hoped that in case of reconstruction of the palace, the respective district as a key city would witness presence of more domestic and foreign guests and tourists and Afghanistan in particular the local people of district would get economical incomes from tourism industry. 
 Karima Malikzada


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