LAHORE - Punjab Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal has directed the authorities to devise a strategy for expansion of Walled City Authority to the other cities of historical importance.

He was chairing a meeting of Walled City Authority Lahore, at Civil Secretariat here on Monday. Addressing the meeting the Chief Secretary said that preservation of historical and cultural heritage is a national duty. Funds are being allocated for preservation and rehabilitation of Lahore Fort, Wazir Khan Mosque and other historical buildings, he added.

The Chief Secretary directed the relevant departments to work hard for ensuring protection of sites of archeological, historical and cultural importance and seek help of international agencies for this purpose.

He said that all possible steps will be taken for preservation and rehabilitation of historical and cultural sites as these are national asset. He said that there is a need to enhance awareness among people regarding the preservation of buildings, sites and objects of historical importance.