PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned to conduct a survey in order to search historical buildings across the province and preserver them, sources told TheNation Sunday.

The source said that after the preservation of Sethi House in the city, the provincial government intended to preserve all that centimes old famous and historical places and buildings in the province. It is crystal clear that KP has centuries-old heritage and the government is taking realistic steps for its preservation.

Besides some 16 gates in interior city, a number of old houses still exist in Peshawar which recall the golden days and history of the city, which, the forces said have seen many ups and down in the history. Thus, to present these buildings and house the government has directed Archeology Department to conduct a survey in Peshawar. First the survey, they said would be carried out in Peshawar and later it would be extended to the rest of the city in KP.

In the near past, KP government had included some 100 places, buildings and houses to be preserved for future like national heritage. Some buildings and historical places were situated in Mardan, Charsadda and Swabi as well.

The sources said that after the 18th Amendment, the provincial government’s responsibilities have increased in terms of taking possession and preserving the archaeological sites and it was prepared to take on the challenge. They said that nature has gifted KP with rich cultural and tourism friendly environment.

It has the potential of becoming a big tourist attraction in the world, due to its scenic beauty, geographical location, climate and natural resources.

The preservation of historical buildings aimed at preservation for the future generation, its repair and renovation and the culture of the region alive.

Peshawar was the oldest living city of the region. In this connection, the sources said that government planned to purchase 10 historical houses situated in Sethi Mohallah and preserve them for the coming generation or at least ensure its maintenance. It is worth mentioning here that birthplaces of legend artists Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor have also been purchased for preservation, the sources concluded.