BAHAWALPUR-The Punjab government is spending significant amount on the protection and preservation of historical buildings for the coming generations, said Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan.
He said that for the complete restoration of around 1,200 years old Derawar Fort, the government is spending huge funds with the cooperation of Nawab Sir Sadiq Muhammad Khan Abbasi’s family. Similarly in Uch Sharif, centuries old shrines are also being restored in their original form, he said. He expressed these thoughts during his visit to Derawar Fort. He said that thousands of years old civilization’s remains, its culture and desert are very attractive for local and foreign tourists. He was told that TDCP Regional Office Bahawalpur is organising camping tours of Derawar Fort and other historical forts for the tourists from across the country.
He said that with the cooperation of the Punjab government, mega event TDCP Cholistan Jeep Rally has become the identity of Pakistan and thousands of tourists visit every year to witness its colourful ceremonies of three days.
He also visited Shahi Mosque Derawar. Regional Manager Shahid Mehmood told him that the mosque was built in 1844 with the breathtaking designs of white marbles.
It was built by Nawab Muhammad Bahawal Khan Abbasi. Earlier, the provincial minister visited Sadiq Garh Palace Ahmadpur East.