The Ministry of Culture and Information is planning to repair the cultural heritage sites that are on the brink of collapse in the northern province of Balkh, an Islamic Emirate official said on Saturday.
The head of the Balkh department of information and culture, Zabiullah Noori, said that they would repair the damaged cultural heritage areas.
“The department of information and culture of Balkh in cooperation with some organizations including the Agha Khan Foundation will consider repairing the cultural heritage areas that need it,” he said.
Khwaja Parsa mosque is a historic location in Balkh district of the province. The seminary of Bahāʼ al-Dīn Valad, the father of alāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Balkhi, is another revered historic place located in Balkh district.
Mohammd Saleh Khaliq, a former official of the information and culture ministry, said that there are 120 historic places in the province, 60 of which have been recognized and repaired.
“When the tourists come here to see the historic places ... they will do some shopping here. All of this will ramp up the economy,” he said.
The majority of these historic heritage areas are located in the Dawlat Abad, Balkh, Dehdadi, and Khulam districts of the province.
Provincial residents stress the need for the protection of these historic places.
“The people come here for entertainment and to see these historic areas. It should be protected,” said Ahmad, a resident of Kabul.