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KP Assembly legislates to protect antiquities

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Published: April 12, 2016 03:45 pm


ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly has passed a bill to protect, preserve, develop and maintain antiquities in the Province which will also encourage researches related to antiquities.

The bill – the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Antiquities Bill, 2016 – was  formally passed during the 7th sitting of 16th session of KP Assembly. The government will constitute an Advisory Committee to perform functions and exercise powers for protection of antiquities. The Minister for Sports and Culture will be the Chairman of the Committee, Chairperson Standing Committee on Culture in the Provincial Assembly to act as its Vice-Chairperson 😉 while Director of Archaeology will be the Secretary of the Advisory Committee.

 Director General, Federal Department of Archaeology and three eminent scholars, archaeologists or persons from Civil Society having thorough knowledge and expertise in antiquities and cultural objects would be nominated by Government for a non-extendable period of three years.

Following the assent of the governor to this bill, necessary rules shall be framed by the Government to regulate the function and working of the Advisory Committee. It will also devise methodology for working of the Committee and conducting its meetings.

No act or proceeding of the Advisory Committee shall be deemed to be invalid by reason only of the existence of a vacancy in, or defect in the constitution of the Committees.

Appeal against any decision of the Advisory Committee shall be preferred to Government and the Government may amend, modify, retain or reject the decision of the Advisory Committee.

Moreover, the government shall establish a Conservation Heritage Board for scientific conservation and seeking guidance of competent professionals regarding conservation, restoration, protection, promotion of cultural heritage of the Province.

The Conservation Heritage Board shall be headed by the Director and such other members as Government may determine which shall include eminent archaeologists, architects, engineers, conservationists, historians, artists, managers of cultural heritage.

The members of the Conservation Heritage Board shall be nominated by Government in the prescribed manner. The Conservation Heritage Board shall advise the Directorate on all major interventions in the built heritage of the Province in light of the international best practices and shall also oversee that the execution of such interventions is undertaken according to the guidance provided by the Board.

Following this legislation, the Government shall also establish a wing within the Directorate for control of trade in antiquities in the Province while a Training Cell and Conservation Laboratory will be set up to develop capacity of the Directorate to meet the growing challenges in these highly technical and specialized areas.

For the registration of the Archaeologists, Government shall establish an accreditation centre of archaeologists by notification in the official Gazette.

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