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By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Sindh

On 1st Aug 2010, my friend and his younger brother a USA California citizen visited Bhambhore for sight seeing and knowing the culture and civilization of old Sindh prevalent before the conquer by the army under the Arab conqueror Muhammad Bin Qasim in 712 AC.We first purchased three Tickets or entry slips for Rs 10 each and then met the In charge Deputy Director of this project. He was nice man who provided and guided us well and then asked his two staff members to help and provide us full guidance and knowledge on the whole site of the Bhanbhore area.The site is situated on the northern Bank of the Gharo about 60 Kms east of Karachi on the Indus highway to Thatto.In March 1958, the site was excavated and continued yearly for about four months each winter for a number of years till a complete picture of the site of the ancient settlement revealed in 1965.The site conceals the remains of a settlement of considerable size. It is divided into two parts viz a well-fortified citadel area measuring over 2000 feet from east to west and 1200 feet from north to south and another unwalled city extending over a large area on the north and east round an ancient lake including an industrial area and an ancient graveyard on its outskirts. It is on the mouth of old channel of mighty Indus, the site is ideally situated to have been an inland port of some importance. Some archaeological Scholars and historians have suggested its identification with DEBAL, the famous port which fell to the Arab worrior providing it after success of Muslim army as the gate way to Islam for the whole Pakistan and India sub-continent and then spread towards all the eastern and far eastern countries. We were astonished to observe that no attention has been given by the Governments of Pakistan and Sindh to convert this area as sight seeing and make it an abode and frequent visits of foreigners so that by their visits, our country and Sindh Government earn a huge amount of foreign exchange and other services.Their is need of new residential and industrial areas for increasing the employment of local unemployed people. Secondly, a good number of hotels and restaurants may be built up so that visitors can get lodging and boarding facilities etc.

Sindh Rural Neglected by PPP government

by Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh

As reported in daily Kawish dated 7-2-2011 and its editorial dated 8-2-2011 about 36000 Employees less have been employed in rural Sindh than the prescribed constitutional quota of 11.4 by the Federal Government of Pakistan during the last year. The following tables published in the Daily Kawish dated 7-2-2011 show the position of employees belonging to rural and urban areas of Sindh working in the Federal Government Ministries and corporations during 2009-10:

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Sindh’s neglected heritage

makliBy Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh
The News on Sunday has published three articles on Sindh’s neglected archeological heritage.
One article is on Moenjodaro, the microcosm of the Indus valley civilization, and two are on Chawkandi and Makli necropolises.
Journalist Hafeez Tunio in his article on Moenjodaro tells us that how the ancient city is crumbling with each passing day as authorities concerned look the other way.
Articles on Chowkandi and Makli have been written by Farooq Baloch and Adeel Pathan, respectively.
“With barely any money being spent on the upkeep of historic tombs, it is not a surprise why the site attracts no foreign or local tourist.
A survey of the Chawkandi Tombs showed that out of the four graves of people of great repute, three are dilapidated, with the roof having caved in decades ago. Others are fast deteriorating, with their edges having being damaged,” says the article on Chowkandi.
The article on Makli says “When it comes to preservation, the Makli graveyard is yet another heritage site that has received scant attention from authorities”.
You may read the articles by clicking on the link below

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