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Agha Khan Development Network, in a letter to president Ghani vowed to support the afghan government in restoration of an Ancient minaret in Herat province.

Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman to the President, tweeted on Wednesday, that earlier President Ghani have instructed relevant government institutions to restore the minaret.

The minaret is reported to have been on the verge of destruction as less attention has been paid to its maintenance.

This minaret is one of the five remaining minarets of Musalla complex, each is recorded about 55 meters tall, according to historians the complex had 20 minarets build in 1417 by Queen Gawhar Shad.

The fall of the minaret could reportedly damage an ancient mosque and a wedding hall located close to it.

In 1885 conflict tensions between Russians and British had came to head at Pandeh incident, British used dynamites on the complex to prevent the advance of the Russians.

Nine minarets were spared from destruction, however in 1931 an earthquake destroyed two of them, followed by another complete damage of a minaret in 1951 earthquake.

Five ruined Musalla Minarets of Herat and 2 mausoleums are the only remnants today.


  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.