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

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GHAZNI, Afghanistan – An historical tower courting again 2,000 years within the historic Afghan metropolis of Ghazni collapsed this week, native officers stated, elevating considerations concerning the vulnerability of the nation’s cultural heritage and the federal government’s potential to guard them.

The previous citadel often known as Ghaznain Fort initially had 36 towers, however 14 of the towers had collapsed in recent times attributable to a long time of battle, 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 almost fell to the Taliban final yr in a number of the heaviest preventing seen within the battle, stated the tower collapsed on Tuesday following heavy rain. A brief video posted on social media exhibits 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 now have warned the federal government concerning the dire situation of the citadel however nobody visited,” Sakhi stated.

Mahbubullah Rahmani, performing director of tradition and knowledge in Ghazni, stated heavy rain and up to date preventing 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 not too long ago as 2013.

Ghazni, a strategically important middle on the primary freeway between Kabul and southern Afghanistan and two-hour drive from the capital, is house 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 had been toppled by the U.S. and coalition pressure in late 2001, blew up two big Buddha statues in central Bamiyan province, calling them idols.