Forts, once preserved
the kingdoms and nowadays the knowledge about these forts can play
a decisive role in guarding the frontiers of the history of
Pakistan. As a matter of fact, the study of forts is very
significant in historical research work. Hence, to understand the
past of Pakistan, historical forts are unavoidable sources of
research. But there exists paucity of integrated information
regarding the forts built on the soil of Pakistan in different
ages. Some of these forts are still existing in good condition and
the rest are either ruined or existing in a very precarious
Shaikh Khurshid Hasan's book is the product of his many years'
efforts comprising exodus material and photographs collection in
the farflung areas of Pakistan. Nevertheless, his prolonged and
careful study and research efforts has resulted into a presentable
work which shall be useful for the students, teachers and scholars
of the relevant field. It is also hoped that the book shall pave
the way for further research as well as knowledge seeking
activities regarding the historical forts in Pakistan.
Hasan, besides being former Director General, Federal Department
of Archaeology, is an archaeologist of international repute. With
more than 35 year's service in the Federal Department of
Archaeology, his contribution has been varied and multifaceted in
the fields of archaeological research, conservation and
preservation of cultural heritage and development of museums.
Mr. Hasan's field of specialization is Islamic Art and
Architecture. Hence, he not only studied the Muslim monuments of
Pakistan but also the same of several other Muslim countries. He
has contributed many research articles on different aspects of the
architectural heritage of Pakistan. His recent publications are:
Chaukhandi Tombs in Pakistan, Architectural Heritage of Pakistan
and Funerary Monitorial Architecture.