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US Pledges $320000 to Balochistan’s Mehrgarh Museum

US Pledges $320000 to Balochistan’s Mehrgarh Museum.

History Takes Center Stage: US Invests in Balochistan’s Mehrgarh Museum

A monumental moment for Balochistan’s rich history! The U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan and the Chief Minister have ignited a new chapter in cultural preservation with the launch of the first Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project in the province.

Over $320,000 will shine a light on the ancient wonders of Mehrgarh, cradling treasures like Neolithic artifacts and whispers of civilizations past.

This vital fund will safeguard these relics, elevate curation at the Quetta Museum, and unlock a deeper understanding of this region’s vibrant heritage.

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Ambassador Blome’s message echoes the importance of this initiative: “Protecting Balochistan’s cultural legacy and fostering appreciation for its history fuels our partnership.”

This isn’t the U.S.’s first foray into Pakistani cultural preservation. With over $8 million invested in 33 projects across the nation, their commitment is undeniable.

From Sindh’s restored Varun Dev Temple to the historic buildings of Makli Hill, their footprint covers diverse and significant landmarks.

A global impact, rooted in local collaborations: the AFCP boasts over 1,100 projects across 133 countries, and Mehrgarh joins 32 others in Pakistan alone.

From Buddhist monasteries to Mughal relics, the U.S. champions the past with each restored wonder.

This isn’t just about preserving artifacts; it’s about preserving stories, identities, and the very fabric of a culture.

The Mehrgarh Museum project ignites a beacon of knowledge, ensuring these ancient voices continue to resonate through generations.

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Share this historic news and celebrate the power of cultural exchange! Let’s amplify the importance of preserving our past and pave the way for a future enriched by understanding and appreciation.

The restoration of Lahore’s Chowk Wazir Khan Mosque, supported by over $1 million in U.S. funding, marked a significant milestone. US Consul General Karachi Conrad Tribble, alongside officials from the Government of Balochistan Culture Department, and Sindh Exploration and Adventure Society (SEAS) co-founders Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari and Dr. Asma Ibrahim, attended the launch.

The event not only covered the history of Mehrgarh but also highlighted the Mehrgarh Museum of Balochistan, established in September 2022. This museum serves as a showcase for the pre- and early history of the region, featuring artifacts with global recognition, displayed in prestigious museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musée Guimet in Paris.

The U.S. grant will further enrich the Mehrgarh Museum’s exhibits, enhance community outreach initiatives, and provide professional development training for the staff of the Balochistan Directorate of Archaeology. This collaborative project with the Government of Balochistan Culture Department and SEAS aligns with the broader goal of preserving the cultural landscape of the region.

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