Division Commissioner Muhammad Siddique Sheikh has said that one of the great civilizations of the ancient world is called simply the Indus or Harappan civilization. Thousands of years ago, it may have boasted up to 5 million people, almost 10 percent of the world’s population, spread over a region that encompassed parts of today’s India, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.

He said that its grand walkways (with sophisticated roadside drainage), metallurgy shops, and massive, multistory, brick hives of houses were abandoned over 3,000 years ago. It’s likely that this ancient civilization, like the Maya, suffered from gradual changes in rainfall patterns that made it difficult for its people to raise enough food for their massive population.

He was addressing as chief guest on Begum Nusrat Imdad Educational Award distribution ceremony held here under the auspices of the Students Aid Cooperative Society the other day.

He said that because of lack of research, the department concerned unable to de-code the language existing in Harappan civilization.

He congratulated the students on getting awards and said that they would continue hardworking and play their role for the progress and prosperity of the country.

Addressing the ceremony, Begum Nusrat Imdad Educational President Ch Imdad Ali said that the society had been helping the downtrodden students to continue their education. He said that the society was being run through donations.

Society Secretary Sheikh Muhammad Omar said that those students work hard would get award.

Earlier, Society Vice President Ch Muhammad Rafiq presented annual report and performance of the society.

Later, the Commissioner distributed awards to talented students.