The visit was a part of the three-day International Conference held at Baku, Azerbaijan on “New Vision for South Caucasus: Post-Conflict Development and Cooperation” jointly organized by ADA University and Center of Analysis of International Relations, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Visit the Liberated Aghdam Region of Azerbaijan.
On the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director, Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future (PRCCSF), Islamabad, Pakistan visited the liberated Aghdam region of Azerbaijan. The Armenians destroyed historical monuments, cemeteries, hospitals, libraries, schools, offices, and facilities in the occupied territory. 122 villages, around 24,000 residential buildings, 48 industrial and construction enterprises, 160 schools, 65 health centers, 373 cultural centers, 1 theater, 3 mosques, and 2 museums were burnt down and destroyed.
The Second Karabakh war lasted for 44 days and Azerbaijan stood victorious against the inhumane atrocities committed by Armenia. Armenian forces fled the area after Azerbaijan’s victory but their destruction and barbaric acts have left the land of Aghdam in ruins.
Visit the Bombarded Cemetery of the Aghdam region.
Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram also visited the bombarded cemetery of the Aghdam region that was deliberately destroyed by the Armenian forces during their occupation of the lands. The Armenian forces side-shelled the villages nearby and as a result of the shelling many gravestones and graves were destroyed and damaged. The brutal actions of Armenia didn’t even spare the dead. They also dug out graves and mistreated the dead bodies.
The government of Azerbaijan is now reconstructing this area to amend the atrocities committed by Armenia.
Mausoleums of Founder of the Karabakh Khanate Panahali Khan:
The destruction of Azerbaijani cultural heritage in Armenia and the occupied Karabakh region includes 4,500 historical, religious, and cultural monuments.
Most of the historical monuments include the Khanoglu tomb (17th century), the mansion of Karabakh Khan Panahali (18th century) and his tomb (19th century), and the twin-minaret Aghdam Juma mosque (1870).
Graves of these leaders were destroyed by the Armenian forces. The significant and historic city of Aghdam has now been termed as a Ghost Town due to the massive destruction by the Armenia forces.
The Armenian forces destroyed the Juma Mosque located in the Aghdam region. The government of Azerbaijan is now rebuilding the mosque and has opened it for prayers as well. Special security guards are also placed for the protection of the mosque and worshippers.
The government of Azerbaijan is reconstructing the region of Aghdam step by step. The internally displaced persons (IDPs) of this region are also taken care of by Azerbaijan. Furthermore, the restoration of all the historic sites destroyed by Armenia will also be done by Azerbaijan.
Mr. Khalid Taimur Akram, Executive Director, Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future (PRCCSF), Islamabad, Pakistan expressed his appreciation for the President and armed forces of Azerbaijan. He assured that the people and the state of Pakistan support the people of the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.