An ancient gate named ‘Sutak Deen Dar’ has been found some 150 kilometres from Gwadar which is said to have been traced back to the evil Nimrod.
According to the Islamic narrative, Abraham seems to have a series of discussions with Nimrod. The Quran states, “Have you not considered him who had an argument with Abraham about his Lord, because God had given him the kingdom (i.e. he was prideful)?” Abraham says, “My Lord is He Who gives life and causes death.” The king answers, “I give life and cause death”, and brings forth two men sentenced to death. He frees one and condemns the other. Then Abraham says, “Indeed, God brings up the sun from the east, so bring it up from the west.” This causes the king to exile him, and he left for Levant. Although Nimrod’s name is not stated in the Quran, it has been held by Islamic scholars that the “king” mentioned was him. According to Mujahid, “Four people gained control over the earth, east and west, two believers and two disbelievers.
BBC Urdu quoted experts as saying that ‘Sutak Deen Dar’ is symbolically referred to as a gate as it led to Mesopotamia from Makran in 3500BCE.
Dad Rahim, who has been residing in the area for over 50 years now, said it’s the resting place of Nimrod.
Rahim who claims to be its sole caretaker told BBC Urdu that his ancestors used to say the ‘Sutak Deen Dar’ came from Mesopotamia. “I only realised its significance over time,” he added.
The area around the gate is known as Meerani Bazaar and houses almost 5,000 people.
It was first discovered in 1875 and was believed to be haunted, according to researchers and Lasbela University Professor Dr Hameed Baloch.
Dr Baloch said three organisations conducted research in the area.
In 1930, Sir Oral Steen surveyed the area. “His findings and ways were non-scientific as he would only pick up things in their original condition and would leave out damaged relics,” the professor said.
Further, he said that in 1950, American archaeologist George A Dallas and Dr Rafiq Mughal surveyed the area in what was its most detailed examination to date. The two discovered a wall of a fort built in the Mesopotamian era.
From 1987 to 2001, French and Italian missions conducted a detailed survey of the area and found bones of fish from which they concluded that the people who were known as “Greek fish eaters” were residing in the area for 4,000 years.
The BBC Urdu report stated that scientific proof found from the area is 4,000 years old.
The place is in the same location but most of the relics from the area have been stolen, it added.