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    Posted: 06-Mar-2007 at 17:49

PRT accused of illegal excavations in Badakhshan

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FAIZABAD, Mar 4 (Pajhwok Afghan News): A number of local officials in northeastern Badakhshan province accused the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) of lapses in coordination and of "irresponsible activities" within the province.

PRT officials said they had convened a gathering to facilitate understanding and cooperation between locals and the PRT, but locals accuse the troops of carrying out illegal excavations during their reconstruction missions.

However the German-led PRT officials while rejecting the allegations of excavations insisted that they carry out their activities in consultation with the local government officials.

Speaking to a gathering, Abdul Qadir Buran, a lecturer in the provincial Higher Education Institute, said PRT soldiers visited historical sites and were involved in illegal excavations.

Ahmad Shah Zigham, former district chief of Werduj had earlier claimed PRT soldiers deployed at a graveyard in this district and had allegedly discovered historical relics from this area. He claimed the foreign forces also killed, Khairudin, a local commander there.

The head of the provincial education department, Abdul Muhammad Fatih, complained of the lack of coordination by the PRT and some other NGOs for the construction of schools in some districts, and urged them to improve their coordination.

Similarly, Engineer Pir Muhammad, head of the provincial Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department and Rohul Amin Amani, member of the provincial council, demanded that the PRT consult them prior to undertaking any reconstruction activities in this province.

Through coordination they could convey the problems and needs of the people to the PRT, Amani added.

However Col. Shewetla of the PRT, while rejecting the allegations said their objective was cooperation and assistance and insisted that their activities had always been closely coordinated with the local officials.

PRT officials said they had implemented 120 welfare projects, costing over $2.7 million in this province, in 2006 alone.

The projects included agriculture, education, electricity, health, security and water supply schemes, PRT officials said.

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I think they would be searching for indo-greek artefacts.
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It's so sad when countries in the Southeast Asia, so enriched with ancient culture and artifacts, can't dig them out and show to the world with pride because their crisis in terms of economy and so on. Hence, they just let the foreigners to take it away. Just sad.
     
   
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I think in many cases the looting is a mixed blessing which ends up as preservation rather than destruction. The greatest destroyer of artefacts is actually war IMHO. Just look at the destruction of ancient artefacts in Iraq, and the total disregard for historical sites etc.

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Lets not forget the Taliban themselves - Bamian Buddhas being destroyed and countless artifacts being stolen and plundered from the Kabul Museum.
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