By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi in a news conference has said 5,000 historic monuments have been estimated since 2002 based on information of the ministry.
Speaking to journalists in a joint news conference held yesterday and attended also by deputy minister of art and culture for information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasul Bawary and director of the ministry’s preservation and repairing of historic monuments Abdul Ahad Abasi, acting minister of information and culture briefed related situation of the country’s historic monuments and programs of the ministry in this regard, saying that based on information of the MoIC, from 5,000 historic monuments that have been estimated so far, 1,777 have been listed in database of the MoIC. “Based on instruction of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his particular attention to the country’s historic monuments and sites, the ministry of information and culture has sent contents that have been prepared in various categories to presidential office as registration and record files have been put for 811 monuments, while 296 others have been renovated and preserved,” Safi added.
Acting minister of information and culture asserted that historic monuments of the country were our identity and their preservation was the responsibility of both the government and all the people of this land. Praising the country’s President and donor organizations for their attention towards preservation of the historic artifacts and monuments, acting minister of information and culture added the government has allocated 160 million AFG for preservation and protection of the country’s historic monuments and sites.
Hasina Safi stressed that based on its 5-year strategy, the MoIC was committed to preservation, renovation and repairing of the country’s historic monuments and sites.
Meanwhile, deputy minister of art and culture for information and culture by briefing related to the country’s historic monuments said from among 296 historic monuments 136 have been renovated and preserved during the past five years, adding that 80 historic monuments have been renovated by the ministry of information and culture, while domestic and foreign donor organizations have funded for preservation and renovation of others 58 historic monuments.