Peshawar, July 18
Four individuals have been arrested in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province for vandalising a uncommon statue of Gautam Buddha found throughout excavation at an agriculture farm, police mentioned on Saturday.
The statue that was found in tehsil Takhtbai of Mardan district was destroyed on the orders of an area Maulvi (prayer chief), native residents mentioned.
Four suspects have been arrested and an FIR underneath the antiquity act has been filed, police mentioned.
The arrests had been made after a video displaying individuals damaging the statue with hammers went viral on social media.
Director of Archaeology Department Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Abdul Samad Khan expressed anguish over the incident and warranted that correct motion could be taken towards the culprits concerned in damaging the uncommon statue.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s outdated title is Ghandhara and the area is a extremely revered place for the followers of Buddhism.
In 2017, two uncommon and historical Buddha statues had been unearthed at an archeological web site in Bhamala in Hariput district. The largest ever statue discovered on the web site depicts the loss of life of Buddha and the second statue was a Buddha with a double halo.
The statue depicting the loss of life situation was the oldest of its type on the planet. It was additionally verified by the American laboratory which recognized it as older than third century BC.
Peshawar Museum can also be identified for displaying one of many world’s largest assortment of architectural items on Buddha.
A few years in the past, the museum’s tallest statue of Buddha in schist stone was transported to Switzerland for show there for 100 days at a world exhibition. PTI