ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has accepted a proposal to add eight more Pakistani sites holding cultural and natural significance to its list of World Heritage Sites.
The eight sites are: the Derawar Fort in Cholistan, Hingol Cultural Landscape in Balochistan, Nagarparkar Cultural Landscape in Sindh, Central Karakoram National Park and Deosai National Park in Gilgit-Baltistan, Ziarat Juniper Forest and Karez System Cultural Landscape in Balochistan, and the Khewra Salt Range in Punjab.
These sites have been named in a tentative list prepared by the Department of Archaeology and Museums (DOAM) and accepted by UNESCO.
Tahir Saeed, deputy director at DOAM, said, “Once UNESCO has approved, the next arduous task is to develop dossiers of all these sites – that could take up to two to three years for each site.
“Through the dossiers, Pakistan will prove to UNESCO its intended plans for how to best protect and manage these heritage sites, preservation and conservation programmes and ease of access and facilities for visitors from around the world. [These] are only some of the many other conditions set by UNESCO that will have to be met before the sites are added to the World Heritage list,” he added.