The Archaeological Ruins of Mohenjodaro represent a unique masterpiece of human creative genius. Mohenjodaro, located about 400 km from Karachi, has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The city of Mohenjodaro flourished for about 800 years during the third and second millennia BC, in the center of Indus valley civilization. It is a living evidence of the earliest manifestation of urbanization in Indo-Pak subcontinent. It is a vivid example of early town planning.

Mohenjodaro, since its excavation in 1922, has been threatened by saline action by the rise in the water table of the Indus River. About two years ago the control of the site was taken by Sindh government from the Federal government. Since then no work of conservation has been done. Due to this the site has rather deterioration and by holding the events of 2014 Sindh Festival on top of the ruins it will further deteriorate them. Constructing a stage on top of the ruins of Mohenjodaro is a belligerent and criminal act. Many archaeologists believe that this process has caused an irreversible damage to an already weakened foundation of this neglected site. Government of Pakistan needs to take swift actions to stop continuing damage and deterioration of Mohenjodaro ruins:

There should not be any social or political activities at the site. An inquiry should be initiated to gauge the damage caused by the Sindh Festival activities and the control of the site should be taken from provincial government  An international conference in collaboration with UNESCO should be conducted to chart out a plan to implement an ongoing conservation plan for Mohenjodaro.

DR. A. KHAN,

USA, February 6.