PESHAWAR - A ten-day exhibition on “Islamic Calligraphy and Manuscripts”, organized by Directorate of Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was inaugurated here on Saturday.

Amjad Afridi, Advisor to Chief Minister on Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, Museums and Youth Affairs, opened the exhibition at a ceremony, held at Peshawar Museum.

The exhibition will continue till the end of Ramazan. More than 105 pieces of calligraphic artwork artistically inscribed with selected verses from the Holy Quran were showcased at the Museum.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Mineral Development Ziaullah Afridi, dignitaries, officials of Directorate Archaeology and Museums and members of civil society organization also attended the inaugural ceremony.

The event has been arranged in connection with the holy month of Ramazan, which aims to create awareness among general masses about the ancient Islamic calligraphy and manuscripts, says Dr Abdul Samad, Director Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while elaborating the historic perceptive of the Islamic manuscripts.

The Director further said that a plan has been outlined to highlight the significance of historic archaeological sites, besides efforts are being initiated to revive glory of the rich and ancient era buildings across the province. He further added that step would be taken to protect historic sites and buildings, and enlisted in the world heritage list.

Amjad Afridi while speaking on the occasion said that the incumbent provincial government is committed to preserve and protect old archaeological sites and historic buildings across the province. He said that the exhibition first ever its nature, which is organizing in Peshawar Museum. He criticized the successive governments for giving least attention towards archaeology and museums in the province.

The Advisor said that around eight museums’ ancient antiquity and other precious items were preserved in the Peshawar Museum.

He said that they have planned to establish three new museums in Abbottabad, D.I. Khan and Kohat. Later, the Advisor along with KP Minister for Mining and Director Archaeology and Museums, witnessed Islamic calligraphy and manuscripts, showcased in the exhibition.