Taxila (Pakistan), June 24 : Pakistan has reportedly proposed three more ancient sites to be added to the list of UNESCO's world cultural heritage sites, taking the total number of such sites in the country to 14.
The three new ancient sites are -- Indus valley civilization (Harrapa), Rehman Dehri site (DI Khan), and Mehar Garh (Balochistan).
The country's Federal Department of Archaeology and Museums resubmitted its proposal to UNESCO for inclusion of these three ancient sites in its world cultural heritage list.
Director (Headquarters) of Federal Department of Archaeology and Museums, Qasim Ali Qasim expressed the hope that UNESCO board, which was meeting in the first week of next month in Quebec City of Canada, would recommend these sites for enlistment in the world cultural heritage list which were earlier deferred by the organisation due to some technical reasons, reported the Dawn.
He said that eleven ancient sites of the country were included in tentative list of the UNESCO for their enlistment in world cultural heritage list.
According to him, the UNESCO World Heritage List contained areas or objects that constitute an irreplaceable component of the world's cultural or natural heritage. He said that there were many incentives and benefits for enlistment of these sites on UNESCO world cultural heritage list, as these sites would get international recognition and in case of any problem UNESCO not only provided technical and financial support for its preservation but also called for international community help and support for these sites like it launched the Save Mohenjodero campaign, he added.
The World Heritage Convention was drawn up in 1972 to provide special protection to sites whose universal value qualifies them for preservation as part of the world heritage for future generations.