Murad announces the creation of the Trans-Indus Research Institute
SEHWAN – Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, while announcing the establishment of a ‘trans-industry research institute’ under the Endowment Fund (EFT) in Karachi, said the province had a vast and rich history that needs to be studied through scientific research work and the establishment of this institute could carry out effective research activities.
The Chief Minister made the announcement on Saturday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the conservation works carried out by the Endowment Fund for the Preservation of Sehwan Fort, one of Sindh’s historic sites. Syed Murad Ali Shah said he was very pleased that the EFT had restored NauKot Fort in Thar and completed important conservation works of Rani Kot. “I believe that the preservation of Rani Kot must have been a very difficult task, but it has been accomplished and the management of EFT deserves appreciation,” he said and added that this arduous task consisting to venture out to save Sehwan Fort with a mysterious story was indeed a challenge. The Chief Minister appreciated the spirit of EFT for not asking for any financial help from the government.
for its activities, except for the initial seed capital of Rs. 1 billion, which it says, despite retaining about 40 sites, has remained intact. It is a matter of gratitude that today the EFT has a financial base of Rs 1.6 billion to promote its aims,” he said.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said: Sehwan is the oldest city in the country and its history goes back centuries, long before Alexander the Great came to this region and then over the years along with the greatness of the Indus , it has known many historical moments, some of which have been preserved in history and some which have been forgotten.
“Unfortunately, little attention had been given to Sindh’s heritage in the past, but with the transfer of these sites, the provincial government has taken steps to raise public awareness of their heritage,” he said and added. that restoring the ruins was not an easy task as it takes time and requires funds, international support as well as historical references and documentation. “Academics, historians and cultural institutions must establish a cultural position to advise the government on priorities in this area,” the Prime Minister said.
Speaking of the historic city of Sehwan, the Prime Minister recalled that an international archaeologist, Monique Kevranan, had initiated excavations under the aegis of the French Museum of Sehwan and since then no progress has been observed. He advised the Department of Culture of Sindh to invite the French Mission to continue its work on the archaeological sites of the city.