Conservationists in Pakistan are urging UNESCO to stop part of the Sindh cultural festival being held on World Heritage site, Mohenjo Daro.

According to the group of scholars and archaeologists, the opening ceremony of the Sindh cultural festival can damage the ruins of Mohenjo Daro — dating back to the pre-Hindu Indus Valley civilisation, the BBC reported.

The festival is the brainchild of Pakistan People’s Party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. It is being seen as an attempt to strengthen his local credentials — something critics, citing his foreign education and privileged upbringing, fault him for.

Bhutto Zardari said organisers were taking the utmost care and the event would go ahead as planned on Saturday.

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