ISLAMABAD, Aug 5 (APP): The ministry of culture has decided
to hand over 126 archeological sites, except Mohanjo Daro, to the government of
Sindh by the end of August this year. In pursuance of the directive of the Prime Minister, the
Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Moeen-ul-Islam Bokhari and the Secretary
of Culture Department, Government of Sindh, Shamas Jafarani, met along with
Director General, Archeology here.
With the mandate to ensure the smooth transfer of the sites
to the Government of Sindh, it was also decided to set up a Committee consisting
Director General, Archeology, government of Pakistan and Secretary Culture,
Government of Sindh as members and the Additional Secretary, Government of
Pakistan as the head of the Committee.
The process of transferring the sites will commence from
Makli Hill, Thatta early this month which is on the World Heritage Site and it
is expected that the provincial government will address the long standing
problem of encroachment at the site on durable basis.
This transfer will be followed by the transfer of
archeological sites at Bambur, Hyderabad, Sukkar, Kot, D.G (Khairpur),
Tharparkar, Dadu, Larkana, Nawab Shahand Sanghar.
The government of Sindh will give the names to Ministry of
Culture who will execute the handing over and taking over of the listed
The meeting decided that all the employees working in the
sites will be retained by the government of Sindh and no one will be laid off,
an official of the ministry told APP.
According to decision, the Ministry of Culture will pay the
salaries to the employees for the period of three months beginning from August
and the Culture Department of Sindh Government will absorb all the employees on
their strength during the period along with their seniority intact.