UNITED KINGDOM, January 30, 2014 (BBC): Conservationists in Pakistan have asked UNESCO to stop part of a cultural event being held on a World Heritage site. The group of scholars and archaeologists say the opening ceremony of the Sindh cultural festival could damage the ruins of Mohenjo Daro. It is the world's oldest surviving city and dates back to the Indus Valley civilisation.
The festival is the brainchild of the young leader of the Pakistan People's Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The BBC's Shahzeb Jillani in Karachi says official arrangements for the opening ceremony are in full swing - but leading conservationists are outraged. They are worried that the construction work needed for the festival's opening ceremony could irreparably damage the 5,000-year-old site and have written to the UN's heritage body to ask it to intervene.