In Ladakh, In a bid to preserve cultural heritage and foster community development, a significant initiative has been unveiled at the historic shrine of Islamic preacher Akhone Muhammad Shareef in Styangkung Village. Abdul Gaffar Zargar Chief Executive Officer, Kargil Development Authority, during his recent visit to the shrine, declared its inclusion in the Sustainable Development Program (SDP) for restoration as a recognized heritage site.
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Zargar assured comprehensive efforts to restore the shrine to its original form based on available historical records.
Historian Mohd Sadiq Hardassi provided a comprehensive briefing on the noteworthy accomplishments and contributions of Akhone Muhammad Shareef and his descendants in the rich tapestry of Purig’s history. The historical significance of their influence on cultural, religious, and social facets of the region was underscored during the briefing.
Styangkung Village, Ladakh
Zargar said that the development of the village will ensure sustainable progress for the local populace. His commitment signifies a comprehensive approach aimed at enhancing livelihoods, augmenting infrastructure, and bolstering the overall well-being of the villagers, aligning with the broader goal of sustainable community growth.
The visit and subsequent commitments made by the officials signal a promising step towards both preserving the invaluable cultural legacy and fostering holistic development within the Styangkung Village community.
The Steyangkung village is around 500 years old and still well-preserved and is being developed as one of the well-maintained heritage villages in Ladakh.
Contributed by Anayat Ali, Correspondent Kargil