Unless we, the people of Lahore, ourselves contribute to conserve and save our own heritage, no one is going to come to do it for us, says Lahore Heritage Foundation (LHF) Chairman Syed Babar Ali.
The meeting approved to launch a $50 million plan to save the Lahore Fort from utter ruin.
“First we must put our money where our mouth is, then others will have the confidence to support us. We cannot leave it to foreign governments and agencies. We have lived and will die in Lahore, and we owe it to this great city to save it from further ruin,” he said.
The meeting discussed ways of interacting with the Lahore Walled City Authority whose Director General Kamran Lashari also attended the meeting. Ways were also discussed on how to better work with Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a world leader in conservation who has just completed Humayun’s tomb in Delhi.
“We now just cannot afford to leave conservation work to the government. We must save what is our heritage. Merely talking about the damage is not enough. We must act and act without wanting to take credit for it”, he said.
The foundation has set up a website with the assistance of Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge, in which everything about Lahore will be digitalised. The site has the ability to take one million hits at any given time.