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13 September, 2007, 7:59 am
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Attack on giant Pakistan Buddha

Suspected pro-Taleban militants have tried to blow up an ancient carving of Buddha in north-west Pakistan. The statue, thought to date from the second century BC, sustained only minimal damage in the attack near Manglore in remote Swat district.

The area has seen a rise in attacks on “un-Islamic” targets in recent months.

This is the first such attack in Pakistan and is reminiscent of the Taleban’s 2001 destruction of the giant Buddhas at Bamiyan in Afghanistan.


Officials and witnesses in Swat said armed men arrived in the area on Monday night.

“Militants drilled holes in the rock and filled them with dynamite and blew it up,” provincial archaeology department official Aqleem Khan told Reuters news agency.

“The explosion damaged the upper part of the rock but there was no damage to the image itself.”

And eyewitness, Shahid Khan, told the BBC that because of its location on a steep ridge the statue had been only slightly damaged. It is carved into a 40m (130-foot) high rock.

Local archaeology expert Professor Pervaiz Shaheen told the BBC that the Buddha statue in Swat valley was considered the largest in Asia, after the two Bamiyan Buddhas.

He said it was 2,200 years old. Swat valley is a centre of the ancient Gandhara civilization.

“They constructed similar smaller statues and figurines, dozens of which are still present in the area,” Prof Shaheen said.

Swat has seen increased pro-Taleban activity in recent months, with the re-emergence of militant group Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) under new leader, Maulana Fazlullah.

Last week, militants blew up about 60 music, video and cosmetics stalls at a market in the valley after stall owners ignored warnings to close businesses deemed un-Islamic.

The world watched in shock in March 2001 as Afghanistan’s then rulers destroyed the 6th-Century Bamiyan Buddhas. The Taleban said they were offensive to Islam.


update: and again. Where are the authorities? When would be the time to rise from the slumber?

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These fanatic Muslims have become an ass** group of morons who dont believe in letting any other human on planet to live.

Comment by MB

theres no why to answer. these are not rational people you know.

Comment by shez

I suppose if Buddhists in Thailand blow one mosque up that would settle it.

Comment by Messna02

There is no answer to this Why ?. As said these people are not rational, thier crippled mentality believes that someone who does not believe what they do does not have the right to live.

However, the most worrying factor is that a big portion of our society supports these fanatics in order to justify thier dislike for government or the US, and even for the “believed” fact that all this is an islamic cause.

Unfortunate!, we are the first Nation in world I guess which is letting itself destroyed and still has a justification for that.

Comment by Aleem

It’s like I dont like a word in the dictionary and I tear off the page, that does not mean all dictionaries doesnt have it anymore.

Comment by unaiza nasim

(For the humorless; Satire alert!)
Don’t you know why? Don’t you know it’s the first time muslims have come to this place. It’s not like any of the early muslims ever came to these lands. It’s not like muslims have been living in these places for close to 1300 years. No, this is the fist time that muslims have arrived, afterall Islam didn’t start 1400 years ago. It’s starting today, with the taleban.
It’s amazing how some people think that these fanatics want to take us back to early Islam, no! they want to take us back to before Islam. Though they want to do it in it’s very name!

Comment by Omar F Omar

You know I am a hindu, and I felt deep agony on this. I did wonder, why? and always thought it is but supported in Pak. Now seeing all this support, I feel great and relieved, thank God! they are not different from us, thank God! they still feel pain where I do…

Comment by Soham Das

thanks for writing on this issue –
shameful that we have such lunatics in our country.. Let me correct the impressions above – the supporters of such acts are not in big number – they just are more entrenched, visible and [sadly] armed!

Comment by Raza Rumi

These guys are doing a great disservice to Islam, and its not the first they’ve done things like this, which brings one to the obvious question of, where exactly where the law enforcement agencies? and what were they doing?

Comment by Zainub

It’s now more important than ever for intellectuals, at least, to challenge the traditional habit of accepting dogmas without any critical evaluation.

Reminds me of Faiz:

Faqeeh-e-shehr se poochiye mae ka sawal kiay
sahib tu chandni ko bhi haram kehtey hein

Comment by Vidrohi

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