Speakers at a programme called for preserving heritage sites across the province in their original shape and said `our historical heritage is our identity, if we fail to safeguard it, we may lose our identity` They were speaking at the programme titled `Save our heritage` at Kot Diji fort.
Faculty members and students of Shah Abdul Latif University (Salu) and civil society activists participated in the gathering. Sukkur Commissioner Abbas Baloch highlighted the importance of heritage and said: `We need to take serious and joint efforts to preserve our heritage that is the nation`s identity. We should espe-cially preserve the Kot Diji fort which is a global tourists` attraction. Preserving and maintaining the monument will also help promote tourism in the province,` he said.
He said that 70 per cent boundary wall of the fort and poetry of Mir Ali Nawaz Talpur had been preserved, which was the first step towards preserving this historical monument. The departments concerned should come forward to contribute to conservation of this heritage site, he said.
Deputy Commissioner Fayyaz Jatoi said: `The historical heritage is our identity. If we fail to preserve it properly, we may lose our identity. We should probe the reasons and the people responsible for the dilapidation of the fort`.
SSP Pir Mohammad Shah saidthat ancient Sindh had greatly contributed to the progress of sciences of that time. It could once again become a citadel of knowledge if the heirs of the ancient civilisation worked with sincerity of purpose and sheer hard work, he said.
After the conclusion of the programme, the commissioner led a walk that started from the Kot Diji assistant commissioner`s office to the fort. A large number of professors and students of Salu and members of civil society organisations participated in the walk.
Earlier, tracing the history of Kot Diji fort, professor of archaeology at Salu Prof G.M. Veesar said that it would be a surprise for everyone to learn that Khairpur district had the oldest remains dating back to the time of Stone Age, at least 200,000 years old.
He said the Stone Age people had lived on top of Rohri hills and lived by hunting animals within the forest at the foot of the hills along the Indus river and in the valleys and lakes of Thar desert.
He said the settlement of Kot Diji was one of the earliest villages of Khairpur district, which appeared during 2,800 BC, at least 200 years before the appearance of the Moenjodaro.
Laptops distribute d Salu vice chancellor Prof Dr Parveen Shah distributed laptops among meritorious students of various departments of the university under the Prime Minister`s laptop distribution scheme.
She said on the occasion that the university was highly grateful tothe prime minister and the Higher EducationCommission, Islamabad, for the distribution of laptops among students of remote areas and advised recipients to utilise the laptops for enhancement of their knowledge and to keep pace with this age of cyber tech.
Prof Dr Riaz Ahmed Mangi, focal person of the laptop scheme, said that it was the additional consignment of 84 laptops for the students of Salu provided by Higher Education Commission.
He praised the contribution of HEC in the distribution of laptops in a transparent manner on the basis of merit and excellence and validation process. Najeebullah, Ms Sanam, Ms Neha Khan, Shaoor Hussain, Waseem Abbas, Ms Saira Khalid and others received the laptops.