Bamyan to be named as cultural center of SAARC in 2015

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KABUL: Bamyan province is expected to be named as the cultural center of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in 2015.
In an exclusive interview with BNA, the advisor to ministry for information and culture, Jalal Nurani said that with the efforts of the ministry for information and culture and the insistence of the SAARC member states, it is expected that Bamyan province to be named as cultural center of SAARC member countries.
With having two giant Buddhas, Band-e-Amir and Shahr-e-Ghulghula, Bamyan has attracted the attention of SAARC nations. Nurani said that Bamyan was a tourist destination in the past and it was source of income. However, the Taliban implemented a foreign-devised conspiracy and had destroyed the giant Buddha and thus damaged the tourism industries in the country.
However, he added that naming Bamyan as cultural center of SAARC in 2015 is a good omen that can revive Bamyan importance as tourist destination. The Kabul Times

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