Mohammad Tahir Zahir, Acting Minister of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, today, at the ceremony of donating historical artworks to the National Museum of Afghanistan, calls for the cooperation of Afghan people to protect the country's historical legacy.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, quoting Bakhtar Agency, at the donating ceremony, head of the Ministry of Information and Culture thanked the country's security officials who have confiscated and returned historical artifacts to the museum and said that unfortunately, during the forty years of war in the country, about 80 to 100 thousand items of historic treasure trove at the National Museum were looted which caused irreparable damage to the Museum.
He also called on Afghan people to cooperate with the Ministry of Information and Culture in preventing the smuggling of antiquities and illegal excavations of the country's historical monuments. In order to protect and preserve the countries legacy, he also asked those who have found historical objects to present them to the National Museum.
Also, Mohammad Rasoul Bavari, Deputy Minister of Culture and Arts of Information and Culture, told a reporter of Bakhtar Agency that during the past six months about 2,252 items of historical works, including coins, pottery, swords, clubs, a number of ethnographic instruments and manuscripts, have been obtained and presented the National Museum. At the end of the ceremony, those who have returned or donated historical artifacts to the museum were presented letters of commendations and participants visited the artifacts submitted to the National Museum.