MAKLI: The first International Conference on Makli was hosted by Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department government of Sindh in collaboration with Endowment Fund Trust.
The conference was attended by Archaeologists, anthropologists, architectures, heritage and monument experts across the globe on Sunday, 14 January at Makli Necropolis.
Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, the guest of honor at the conference said that, whatever comes out from such international conference his government will adopt each and every single recommendation and suggestion to make it more effective and result oriented.
He stated that Makli is not just a graveyard, these are thousands of stories which have been buried in makli necropolis, and these are not graves and we will try to equate them to the world.
He added that, government is committed to preserve and promote heritage sites not only for the people of Sindh and Pakistan but it will be open historical heritage sites for the people which are coming from the indigenous countries, living people will learn from such historical chapters.
He assured that all the problems be solved and risks associated with Makli graveyard would also be addressed.
Chief Mister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah thanked Sindh Minster for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Syed Sardar Ali Shah for inviting him on such a great historical event and he also congratulated him and his team for organizing successful first International Conference on historical Makli Necropolis.
He emphasized upon the people particularly local residents of Thatta to extend their support and cooperation with the experts and concerned department for the projection and conservation of Makli graveyard.
On this occasion, Provincial Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Syed Sardar Ali Shah, Provincial Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Muhammad Ali Malkani, PPP Senator Sassui Palijo, MPA Syed Rukhsana Shah, MPA Syed Sardar Ahmed, Secretary Endowment Fund Trust Hameed Akhund, Representative of UNESCO Qazi Ayaz Mahesar, PPP District President Thatta Sadiq Ali Memon, PPP local leader Imtiaz Ahmed Qureshi, former MNA Dr. Abdul Wahid Soomro, local and International researchers, archaeologists, Experts, journalists, literacy personalities, scholars and people from all walks of life participated in large number.
In his welcome speech, Minister Culture, Tourism and Antiquates Department, Syed Sardar Ali Shah said that, he takes part in representing the civilization of this part of the world, from Moen Jo Daro to the lakheen-jo-daro, the Indus valley civilization, to its exceptional archaeological and architectural history from Aamri to Kotdiji, from ran -kachh to ranikot and many other historical heritages sites of Indus valley.
While sharing the experience of the planning he said that, “I assure you that the momentum that was created in safeguarding our heritage sites will continue with the same passion and enthusiasm, for Makli also.”
Senator Sassui Palijo said that after the 18th amendment, several departments transferred to the provinces and Sindh province got 29 Museums and so many historic places and Sindh government has been improving the condition of all historical places including Makli site from its available resources.
She further added that organizing first ever International conference on Makli is a positive step and the great achievement of Sindh Culture, Tourism and Antiquities department.
Abdul Hameed Akhund, Secretary Endowment Fund Trust for the preservation of the heritage of Sindh said that, origins of Thatta as that of Makli are not only distinct but its history can be traced back to the 2nd quarter of the 14th century and Makli is not a necropolis, its alive, its vibrant it pulsates and is exuberant, it is the history of Sindh, a tale of intrigue and betrayal of Sindh of Sindh, a narrative of love for this enchanted soil of peace and tranquility.
From numerous countries research scholars, archaeologists and field experts from concerned subject presented their research paper from Spain, United States of America, United Kingdom, Lebanon, Iran, France and many more represented United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Various other sessions were scheduled for both days, and 19 research papers were also presented which were connected with the archaeological aspects and heritage management perspective in conference.
On 1st day a session were conducted by renowned national and international scholars on the role of archaeological education in Makli, cultural landscape of Makli based on survey of ancient settlement sites in lower Sindh. Mr. Zain Mustafa, Prof Dr Rafique Mughal, Dr Muhammad Mehdi Tavassoli, Rand Eppich, Dr Zulfiqar Kalhoro, Rabeela Junejo, Munazzah Akhter and Keleemullah Lashari actively participated in session and shared their remarkable views in the shape of research paper.
At the end of the first day, a documentary film made by renowned senior journalist Wasatullah Khan on Makli Hills and a stage drama performed on the story of “Noori Jam Tamachi” were presented.
On the 2nd day of conference they featured two sessions in which they touched each and every aspect and role of heritage in communities. A musical program was also arranged where many folk & sufi singers of Sindh performed.
A leading Architect& Chief Executive Heritage Foundation of Pakistan Ms. Yasmeen Lari were rewarded by the honor of “Tamgha-I-Imtiaz” for her artistic and field concerned contributory efforts in 2006 by Culture Department.