Historical buildings in Sialkot close to getting ruined, turning into shopping plazas
Recklessness of authorities on the rise; historical buildings getting ruined.
(Web Desk) – Historical buildings in Sialkot are stating a long tale of obliteration. They are close to getting wiped out of the surface of Pakistan; these are not only buildings which will terminate but culture will collapse if this happens. Sadly, government is not ready to own them. Concerned authorities are so reckless that no official ever decided to pay visit.
Historical buildings are asset and can promote tourism, the dream of PM Imran Khan. If preserved well they can serve many purposes including generation of revenues and promotion of soft image of the country.
Historical fortress of Sialkot is also evident of the fact that the administration is somewhat inconsiderate when it comes preserving the historical buildings. Those Pakistanis who migrated from India have resided in them. Whatever building they found, they took shelter in. The government authorities in the city do not seem to be having record of the number of buildings. According to Dunya News report, there are multiple buildings in Ghanta Ghar Chowk, Jandar Bazar, Adda Pasruriyan, and Gaou Shala. They have been deserted and this seems intentional. Some of the glimpses of these buildings are as follow.
When asked about the destruction of these buildings one of the citizens said a special fund should be established to preserve these vital assets. In this regard, a special secretariat should be established so that they could renovated and gain their actual shape. Historical buildings are asset and can promote tourism, the dream of PM Imran Khan. If preserved well they can serve many purposes including generation of revenues and promotion of soft image of the country.
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Various edifices are occupied by land grabbers and have been turned into shopping centres. It is time Punjab Archaeology Department must take serious notice and renovate these buildings to the best extent possible. The citizens of Sialkot are of the view that these buildings should be sheltered so that the real beauty of the city could be well-looked-after.
By Junaid Ali Malik