Karachi, November 15, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Syed Sardar Ali Shah has said that till today nobody knows how old the Ranikot fort is, but now we can expect a major breakthrough in this regard very soon. This he said while talking to media after the signing ceremony of MoU between the Department of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities and the Consulate of Italy, organized in the Sindh Archives office here on today.
The Director General Antiquities Mr. Manzoor Ahmed Kanasro signed the MoU on behalf of the Department, whereas Head of Italian Archeological Mission and main Physicist Prof. Mario Pianccentini signed from the side of Italian Government. The signing of MoU was witnessed by the Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah, Consul General of Italy Dr. Gianluca Rubagotti, Secretary Culture Akbar Laghari, whereas Ex-Secretary Archeology Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari, President PPP Culture wing Qasim Siraj Soomro, President PPP Youth wing Javed Nayab Laghari and other concerned officers were also present at the occasion.
While talking to media after the signing of MoU, the Minister Culture Syed Sardar Ali Shah said that we have taken a great step forward towards knowing the age of Ranikot fort that is also called the Great Wall of Sindh. The MoU between our department and the Consulate is intended for the exchange, cooperation initiatives, research activities within present and future programmes embarked upon by both the parties.
He further said that our main objectives are to carry out joint research activities in the fields of History and Archeology with specific regard to the sites of Bhanbhore and Ranikot. The Minister said that this Three year binding MoU is also meant to work together to develop a common program for the training of the young officers of the department.
Replying a question he said that the five-member archeological mission of Italy will start their work from the first week of December and we hope that within two to three months we will be receiving some good news about the age of Ranikot Fort, which, till to-date, has been a mystery for the researchers.
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