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Zahak Fortress to turn into ruins if not preserved: Ghor residents

Zahak Fortress to turn into ruins if not preserved: Ghor residents

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15 May 2022 - 15:44
Zahak Fortress to turn into ruins if not preserved: Ghor residents
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15 May 2022 - 15:44

FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Residents of western Ghor province say the historic Zahak Fortress is at the risk of destruction due to the negligence of the former government to preserve the historic relic and it would completely turn into ruins if not reconstructed in the near future.

The fortress, which is located five kilometers east of the city of Firozkoh city, the capital of Ghor province, in the Pozlij area, was once of great importance.

Pozlic residents of Ghor say that the fortress used to have thick walls and towers, which were the battlefields of the kings of the time, particularly Zahak Mardush.

Residents of Ghor say that Zahak had built many castles in different areas, one of which is located in Firozkoh.

Kashmir Tarakhel, a resident of Pozlic area, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he was around seven years old when he saw tall towers and thick walls of Zahak Fortress.

He said the fortress was ravaged by weather due to the negligence of the officials of the previous governments and now it has become an abandoned site.

Meanwhile, Atifa, another resident of Ghor, is worried about the destruction of large parts of the fortress and said, “Governments in the last two decades did not care about the reconstruction of historical sites including Zahar Fortress, today we witness the destruction of this historical site.”

She asked the current government to take practical action for the reconstruction and restoration of this historic and important fortress.

Pajhwok tried to contact Ghor information and culture officials for their response on the regard, but failed.

There are more than 300 historical sites and monuments in Ghor province.

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