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Aka Shah Shrine in Balkh needs restoration, locals

Khawja Aka Shah Shrine is one of the ancient and historical sites in Balkh province, located 2 kilometers east of the Balkh district of Balkh province. The residents and people of this district visit the historical site for recreation. Alongside the shrine, there is a mosque called “Imam Babaji Mosque” that has been inherited from its predecessors. The Aka Shah Shrine su fered extensive damage from an earthquake that occurred in 193 in Balkh. Two domes and the attached structures collapsed, leaving nothing remaining. Ninety percent of the people in Balkh blamed the government for the destruction and ruin of these historical monuments. The negligence in preserving historical sites in Balkh is not new for the people since the previous governments in Afghanistan also paid little attention to these monuments. Out of the forty registered historical sites, only five underwent restoration and preservation, including the shrine of Hazrat-e-Ali, the Aka Sha Shrine, the Rawaq Naqarkhana, the Burj-e-Ayaran, and the Takht-e-Pul Mosque. The citizens of Balkh province state that the government does not allocate any budget for restoring and preserving these historical monuments to prevent them from collapsing. These citizens say that as long as there are no changes in the cultural policy of the government, the local authorities can’t take responsibility for the restoration and preservation of the forty historical sites. It comes as the authorities of the Islamic Emirate have previously spoken about the protection of historical artifacts and sites. “It is our responsibility to preserve the country’s historical and ancient sites,” said Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, the acting Minister of Information and Culture of the Islamic Emirate, during a session held in honor of World Museum Day. “Historical monuments and cultural heritage must be preserved in every government and system, and countries residents should pay more attention to cultural sites,” minister Khairkhwa added. Saida

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.