Stop damaging historical sites, Pakistan archaeologists tell government

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LAHORE, Pakistan -- The Punjab Archaeology Department (PAD) will ask the government to stop “damaging historical sites” by arranging functions or cultural shows, PAD director general Oriya Maqbool Jan told Daily Times on Monday.

Jan said the PAD had objected to the holding of the recent fashion show at the Lahore Fort and several other activities held in the past...

The PAD DG said hammering on the walls of the monuments weakened them and affected their structural integrity. He said that there was no law prohibiting the use of historical sites for functions...

The recent fashion show was arranged by a private company and a ramp had been made for the purpose on the Lahore Fort premises. Many people reportedly scaled the fort’s walls to enter the premises and attend the function. In the past too, a number of functions had been held at the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Garden and Bahadur Yar Jung Kokal Tash’s tomb.

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