The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has turned down Pakistan’s request for heritage status for its three cities of historical importance, local media reported yesterday.
According to the report, the Unesco rejected the request due to the government’s neglect of these ancient treasures.
In 2010, the government sent 10 entries for Unesco world heritage status. It particularly sought recognition for the 7,000 BC Mehergarh site in southwestern Balochistan, the pre-Harappa 4,000 BC Rehman Dheri in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the 2,600 BC Harappa site in Punjab.
Mehergarh is considered one of the most important Neolithic sites in archaeology while Harappa has one of the most fascinating and mysterious cultures of the world.
A Unesco official was quoted as saying that Pakistan must have to adopt some measures before its sites can be inducted into the world heritage list.
“Sadly, none of the sites fulfil world standard requirements and its archaeological sites are missing basic public facilities,” the official pointed out. Read more.