Historical tower collapses in Afghanistan, different cultural websites stay in danger

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GHAZNI, Afghanistan – An historic tower relationship again 2,000 years within the historic Afghan metropolis of Ghazni collapsed this week, native officers stated, elevating issues in regards to the vulnerability of the nation’s cultural heritage and the federal government’s means to guard them.

The previous citadel referred to as Ghaznain Fort initially had 36 towers, however 14 of the towers had collapsed in recent times because of a long time of warfare, heavy rain and neglect.

The fort is one among dozens of distinctive historic websites in Afghanistan — starting from the pre-Islamic Buddhist middle within the Bamyan valley to the 12th-century minaret of Jam in a distant space of Ghor province — in pressing want of safety.

Officers in Ghazni, which practically fell to the Taliban final yr in among the heaviest combating seen within the warfare, stated the tower collapsed on Tuesday following heavy rain. A brief video posted on social media reveals it crumbling however native residents say negligence additionally contributed to its collapse.

“The federal government paid no consideration to the websites and didn’t construct canals to divert flood water,” stated Ghulam Sakhi, who lives close to the citadel.

“We’ve got warned the federal government in regards to the dire situation of the citadel however nobody visited,” Sakhi stated.

Mahbubullah Rahmani, appearing director of tradition and knowledge in Ghazni, stated heavy rain and up to date combating had contributed to the tower’s collapse however stated the federal government was engaged on a plan to guard the positioning from full destruction.

He stated a German archaeologist had labored on the website as just lately as 2013.

Ghazni, a strategically very important middle on the principle freeway between Kabul and southern Afghanistan and two-hour drive from the capital, is residence to a variety of cultural and archeological artifacts, a few of which date again to the pre-Islamic interval.

The province and its cultural heritage was formally declared as Asian Capital of Islamic Tradition in 2013 by the Islamic Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group, a Morocco-based physique created in 1981, supported by UNESCO.

The collapse of the tower in Ghazni follows concern over the situation of the 900-year-old Minaret of Jam, in Ghor, which has been on the UNESCO Listing of World Heritage Properties in Hazard since 2002.

The Taliban throughout their austere regime from 1996-2001, earlier than they have been toppled by the U.S. and coalition drive in late 2001, blew up two big Buddha statues in central Bamiyan province, calling them idols.