India to help Pakistan restore Katas
LAHORE: India and Pakistan are jointly restoring the Katas temples near Kalar Kahar and India’s Conservation Archeology Survey Director KP Poonacha will reach here today (Tuesday) in this regard, Punjab Archeology Department sources told Daily Times on Monday.
Sources said that Poonacha would visit the Katas temples and meet officials on Wednesday. They said he would return to Lahore on Thursday and meet the additional chief secretary. They added that India would provide technical assistance in the restoration process and oversee that Hindu mythology was maintained in the conservation process.
The Katas temples were in a poor condition and certain parts of the temples were cemented before Advani’s tour to Pakistan, said sources. They said one of the temples had been turned into a library and windows had been made there.
PAD Director General Oriya Maqbool Jan said that the PAD had improved the temples considerably and confirmed that the Indian Conservation director would visit the temples with him. shoaib ahmed