The restoration is an important step for the province’s preparations for the 2013 festival, said Minister Raheen.
Mr. Raheed emphasized that his Ministry is making efforts to complete restoration of all historic monuments of Ghazni by 2013.
Ghazni would be rewarded the title of the Center of Islamic Culture and Civilization in 2013 by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization- IESCO.
Ministry of Information and Culture is assigned to prepare the province for the reception of foreign guests in 2013.
Restoration of historical sites, preparation of cultural fests, and provision of information on historical and cultural sites are one of the main tasks of the Ministry of Information and Culture.
According to Minister Raheen, the Ministry is responsible to restore 32 sites in the province. Ten of these sites were restored last year and the work on the remaining sites is continuing.
“Restoration of five sites, including mausoleum of Sultan Mahmood Ghaznavi and sultan Masood,mausoleum of Sayed Jaafar, and tomb of Sultan Ibrahim, has official began,” said Ghazni’s provincial head of Information and Culture Hamidullah Sarwari.
Mr. Sarwari added that these projects cost about 32 million afs which will be paid from the provincial budget.
A number of cultural and civic activists in Ghazni province were concerned earlier about the nonstandard methods of restoring the sites. They said that after the restoration the sites would lose their historic shape and identity.
Minister Raheen called their concerns baseless and said that specialized individuals will be assisting the Ministry in the restoration process.
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization IESCO chose Ghazni, as part of an ongoing program to recognize Islamic, cultural centers, throughout Asia.
Ghazni was selected because it was the capital of the Ghaznaweyan Empire, which flourished from 923 to 1162.
The emperor, Sultan Mahmood Ghaznawi extended his rule from Ghazni to India, Central Asia and Persia, creating a cultural centre for poets and scholars revered throughout the Islamic world.
The ancient name for Ghazni was ‘Ghzank’ from the Persian and Saskrit word meaning ‘treasure’.
But over the centuries Ghazni has been neglected. It is a deprived region with no water, sewage system or electricity. It has limited transportation and increasing insurgency.