Historical monuments always play the role of a show case in presenting the rich cultural history of a region or area. The province of Punjab is always considered the richest province in terms of archaeological sites and historical monuments located on its territory. The staff of the Directorate General of Archaeology has left no stone unturned for the preservation and conservation of historical monuments with the available resources to them. When I took over as head of the Directorate General of Archaeology in November, 2015 I noticed that although a great deal of work has been done for the preservation, conservation and development of historical monuments but it has not been properly disseminated to the general public of the Punjab. In meetings with the Minister for Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology & Tourism Department and the Secretary, Youth Affairs, Sports, Archaeology & Tourism Department, a strategy of promoting the heritage of Punjab through website was evolved. This issue was taken up with the officers of the Directorate General of Archaeology. They also overwhelmingly supported the idea, however, expressed their inability for the preparation of this website due to their limited skills in the Information Technology. I pointed out to them first step is always difficult for any new assignment or job but once it is taken, things start to get easier.
Today I feel proud that the Directorate General of Archaeology has launched its website in which we have placed all requisite information concerning protection of historical and archaeological sites of the province along with photographs which will certainly help the people of Pakistan to know about the rich cultural heritage of the province of the Punjab. I hope that with the launching of this website, the tourism would also increase considerably as world-over trend is to get information about the historical and cultural sites of the region or area through internet or particular websites. I appreciate the efforts of the officers of the Directorate General of Archaeology who worked hard on providing the necessary important knowledge and information to be placed on this website. I hope that this will prove a major milestone in recognition of the efforts of the Directorate General of Archaeology in preserving and promoting the Punjab Heritage.