MEHWAR: Govt Asked To Protect Minaret Of Jam
A special meeting attended by officials from Ministry of Information and Culture and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was held in Kabul on Saturday to discuss ways to protect the 900-year-old Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan’s Ghor province – which is on the verge of collapse due to recent flash floods.
The minaret is located in Ghor, around 200 kilometers east of Herat in the west of Afghanistan, at the confluence of the Hari Rud and Jam Rud rivers. The isolated location of the minaret may have prevented the monument from intentional destruction over nearly 900 years.
The minaret is believed to have been built between 1163 and 1203 during the reign of the Ghurid sovereign Ghyias-ud-Din. It has been on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Properties in Danger since 2002.
In this episode of Mehwar, host Sadaf Amiri discusses the topic with Abdul Ahad Abbasi, head of historical monuments department at the Ministry of Information and Culture and Ikramuddin Rezazada, an MP.