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U.S. to Help Restore Historic Sikh Fort




After the bilateral Strategic Dialogue meeting in Islamabad last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced several government-to-government partnerships with Pakistan that will strengthen cooperation in new information technologies, enhance mutual understanding between their diplomats and support the preservation of Pakistan's national heritage.

One of the projects includes: Historic Preservation - Sheikhupura Fort, Punjab.

The U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation has agreed to support a three-year project with the Ministry of Culture to restore, conserve and protect the Sheikhupura Fort in West Punjab.

The site incorporates architectural and cultural elements from both the Sikh and Mughul eras and dates back to the early 17th century. The Qila - fort - is closely associated with the Sikh Empire of Ranjit Singh and the post-Ranjit Singh period of the Sikh Raj. As well, located in the Sheikhupura district is Nankana Sabib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak.

The Qila houses prime examples of Sikh fresco work in the Punjab.

July 25, 2010

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1: Subhash Parihar (Kot Kapura, Punjab), September 22, 2010, 10:22 PM.

Good news!

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