BAHAWALPUR - Efforts are needed to preserve historical buildings to keep alive the importance of such places for the benefit of the coming generations while the government and the universities can play a vital role through joint ventures for their preservation.

The historical places have rich social and cultural background, said IUB Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar during his visit to Pattan Minara in Rahim Yar Khan. He said that South Punjab was the custodian of thousands of years old civilization. He added that the Pattan Minara reminded the golden era of Hakra River and Hakra civilisation as the site had a big educational centre here at that time which had made it highly valuable and important.

He said, "We can promote tourism through preserving historical places which have socially and culturally rich background." He pledged full cooperation and support to preserve the archaeologically important places of the area including of Cholistan. Efforts would also be made to further publicise the importance of such valuable historical places to boost tourism, he said.