June 15, 2010 Posted by tahir in Travel

Riches in Afghanistan

Four years ago I travelled back and forth to Afghanistan on my quest to search for the hidden treasure of Ahmed Shah Durani. The great golden hoard, that originated in Mughal India, is valued today at about $500 billion. The thought of the treasure kept me going through days and nights of considerable hardship, and during the sixteen days I spent along with my film crew in a Pakistani torture jail. I would find myself thinking how a treasure such as this, an absolutely immense sum, could help rebuild Afghanistan. Never could I imagine that the shattered country of my ancestors might be given another opportunity to realise extraordinary wealth. But, it seems that it is… The New York Times reported June 13th, of colossal mineral reserves in Afghanistan, worth as much as $1 trillion. That makes the treasure of Ahmed Shah pale in comparison. The question, of course, is where any of it will ever be mined and if any other funds will reach those who need help.

The NYT article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?emc=eta1