The excavation of the recently discovered 500-year-old mosque in Islamabad has been entrusted to labourers instead of archaeologists by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
Archaeologist Ansar Ahmed told media that the excavation of this valuable historical asset from the time of Sher Shah Suri by ordinary day labourers could lead to irreparable damage. He urged the top officials of the archaeology department and the government to take notice of the matter and ensure its safety.
When local news agency contacted the Archaeological Department, they said they had no knowledge of it and the CDA did not take them into confidence. Mahmoud al-Hassan, an official with the Department of Archeology and Museums, said there were old villages in the area, some of which may have had a mosque, but when asked if the mosque was built of ancient lime, not cement. So they expressed ignorance. General road section The general impression of Islamabad is that it is a modern city, but there is no shortage of archaeological sites that are hundreds of years old.
Recently, during the construction of a park at the site of folk heritage, the remains of a broken mosque were found among the bushes and trees, which archaeologists say date back to the time of Sher Shah Suri. Belongs to Sher Shah Suri ruled from 1540 to 1545, so this mosque is five hundred years old. Sher Shah Suri had built inns and mosques at various places while constructing the general road and this mosque is a part of this road as it used to pass through the area of Islamabad via Taxila to the plains of Punjab.
Ansar Ahmad said that in terms of the use of lime in the construction of the mosque and its specific style of construction, the mosque is similar to other mosques of the time of Sher Shah Suri, on the basis of which it is estimated that it belongs to the same era. He said that next to this mosque there is also a baoli which is currently buried under the soil but if it is excavated it can be recovered. He added that if the excavations were carried out carefully under the supervision of trained experts, some utensils and decorative items might be recovered. But it requires the archaeology department to take it under its supervision.
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