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Hundreds swarm ancient Pakistan ruins for grand cultural gala

Published on Feb 2, 2014 6:21 AM
Pakistani security officials visit the ancient ruins of Moenjodaro, the Unesco World Heritage site around 425km north of the port city of Karachi on Feb 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOENJODARO, Pakistan (AFP) - Hundreds of people swarmed the ancient ruined city of Moenjodaro Saturday to attend an inaugural festival commemorating Pakistan's cultural heritage, days after experts warned the event endangered the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) site.

Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto opened the two-week festival, which is part of a campaign to conserve the heritage of his home province of Sindh.

"We need to urgently raise funds to preserve Moenjodaro," he said in brief remarks inaugurating the event.

Experts warned on Thursday that the festival could put Moenjodaro, a Unesco World Heritage site built around 2600 BC, in danger.

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