The picture shows one of the finest rock carvings at KPK northern area. - Photo by Harald Hauptmann

PESHAWAR: The Directorate of Archeology and Museums, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched awareness campaign for highlighting the significance of old relics and buildings in the province.

The campaign was launched through arranging a guided tour to the Buddhist era remains of Takht Bhai and Jamal Garhi, District Mardan. Curator, Peshawar Museum, Nidaullah Sehrai led the tour.

The group was comprised of senior citizens, students, members of civil society and media persons.

The Director Archaeology and Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Shah Nazar Khan briefed the group of on the purpose and objectives of the guided tour before departure. He said there are number of ancient remains and other historic relics in the province.

The Curator Peshawar Museum, Nidaullah Sehrai, while highlighting the importance of the remains of Gandhara civilization at Takht Bhai and Jamal Garhi said several new sites had been discovered after excavation.

He particularly briefed the participants about the Ashoka Stupa and its historic background.

The group took keen interest in relics of Gandhara civilization and appreciated the step of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in this regard.

They called for the continuation of the awareness program to disseminate further information about historic places of the province.