Peshawar: According to a report, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has begun work on restoring the original white architecture of the historic Mohabat Khan Mosque, which was constructed during the Mughal period.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archaeology Department, named after Peshawar’s Mughal governor, Nawab Mohabat Khan, has begun restoration and renovation work to restore its Mughal and ancient Islamic period architecture in its original form while also improving its appearance, according to a department official.
The mosque’s white marble facade is considered to be one of Peshawar’s most iconic sights, having been built in 1630 near historic Yadgar Chowk on 30,155 square feet in a prime location in Peshawar City.
Tourists, archaeologists, historians, and architects from all over the world, as well as Mughal architecture enthusiasts from abroad, are drawn to the city’s white marble architecture.
The restoration work was needed after the building’s architecture was harmed by changing weather patterns and earthquakes, as well as the development of massive plazas.
The building’s interior and exterior architecture would be preserved, and professional labor and artisans would be hired to restore it to its original state.
Similarly, the historic Islamia College Peshawar mosque, which was established on March 2, 1912, by great freedom fighter Fazal Wahid alias Haji Sahib Turangzai, is almost finished, and a contract for the conservation of historic mosques in Kalam, Pishmal, and Odigram has been awarded.
Likewise, the government of KP has accelerated renovation and expansion work at Peshawar Museum, the world’s only Gandhara art museum, with plans to reopen it to visitors and the general public after Eid-ul-Fitr.
After renovations, the Peshawar Museum will exhibit about 30,000 antiquities for visitors and lovers of Gandhara art.
The KP government has launched a mega project worth Rs100 million for historical building purchases, as well as excavation, restoration, and preservation of archaeological sites, with Rs90 million allocated in the province.
The KP government has approved Rs23.57 million for the purchase of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor’s ancestral homes in Peshawar.
The Archaeology Department discovered 2,000year-old Buddhist fresco paintings, as well as first-century AD coins and three fresco paintings, at Abba Saib Cheena Swat, which was thought to have been used for religious and educational purposes.
After Eid-ul-Fitr, the KP government plans to open two new museums in DI Khan and Abbottabad, which will house ancient antiquities depicting the region’s history. Two more museums in Kohat and Haripur are also in the works.
Following the completion of these four new museums, the number of museums in KP will rise to 16, with three in Peshawar, one each in Charsadda, Mardan, Lower Dir, Swat, Bannu, and Chitral.