Shalimar Garden escapes from dangerous heritage list

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LAHORE: The famous Shalimar Garden was not included in ‘List of World Heritage in Danger’ after being reviewed at UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting on Thursday.

The 43rd meeting of the committee was held at Baku, Azerbaijan where Provincial Minister Raja Yasir Humayon Sarfraz represented Pakistan.

In this meeting, the damage to Shalamar Garden due to Metro Train project was reviewed. The minister pointed out governmental initiatives, taken to preserve Shalamar Garden, in a good manner that UNESCO didn’t include the garden in ‘List of World Heritage in Danger’.

At this occasion, Raja Yasir Humayon said that the heritage committee accepted the stance of Pakistan, which is our success. Pakistan government is taking steps to attract the international visitors, the minister said adding that the Pakistan government has taken initiatives in order to preserve historical heritage.

The minister concluded by saying that the previous governments didn’t have any idea that how much importance does the heritage have in nation’s life, and this is the main reason, no serious steps were taken to preserve it. The committee, comprising representatives of 21 countries, will conclude on July 10.