KP to save archaeological heritage

Peshawar—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly with Speaker Asad Qaisar in the chair Tuesday passed the KP Antiquities Bill, 2016 in order to protect and preserve the rich the archaeological heritage of the province in an effective manner.
The bill moved by Minister for Law Imtiaz Sha-hid Qureshi on behalf of Chief Minister, stated that after 18th constitutional amendments the archaeology and museum department had been devolved to the provinces, hence it is vital to bring forth the new antiquities law that covers all the legal and technical aspects after the 18th constitutional amendments.
The objective of the legislation is to meet the present day requirements in the field of cultural assets, archaeology and museums and to remove contradictions and flaws amongst various relevant Laws and Acts, all inclusive by incorporating relevant clauses from both the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Antiquities Act, 1997 as well as Federal Antiquities Act 1975.
After the 18th Constitutional Amendments the Archaeology and Museums Department had been devolved to the provinces and it was vital to bring forth the new antiquities law that covers all the legal and technical aspects after the 18th Constitutional Amendment.
These specialized bodies will also provide facilities to other provinces on terms and conditions to be laid down in the rules made under this Act.—APP

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