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Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

I was fas­ci­nated by the ac­count given in the ar­ti­cle ‘An An­cient Cave City’ as I never thought that the moun­tains of Balochis­tan would have such trea­sures hid­den in them. If ever got a chance, I would def­i­nitely visit the site. What I find de­plorable, how­ever, is that the an­cient caves of Gon­drani are not re­ceiv­ing the care and at­ten­tion that they de­serve. Had they been in any other coun­try, the gov­ern­ment there would have con­verted them into a highly sought af­ter tourist site by tak­ing steps to pre­serve their his­tor­i­cal value. The gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan can also do it. All it has to do is hire the ser­vices of arche­o­log­i­cal ex­pert to pre­serve the site, build a few rest houses in the area and con­nect the caves to the Karachi-Quetta High­way through a proper road. Re­spon­si­bil­ity also lies on the shoul­ders of the Balochis­tan gov­ern­ment to en­sure peace in the area. If these steps are taken, I am sure hun­dreds of tourists will visit the site ev­ery year.

Nan­dita Arora

New Delhi, In­dia

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