Peshawar: Workers smashed a rare life-size statue of Mahatma Buddha in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. A senior official said that the statue belonged to the Gandhara civilization and was about 1,700 years old.
Four people were arrested in this regard on Saturday. The statue was found during digging in a field in Takhtabai tehsil of Mardan district. He was destroyed at the behest of a local cleric.
A video went viral on social media in which some people were seen smashing the statue with a hammer.
Abdul Samad Khan, director of archeology department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said on Sunday that the broken parts of the statue have been recovered so that its archaeological significance can be assessed. He said that apparently it is an ancient statue and we have lost it.
According to the Dawn newspaper, Khan said that the statue was of Gandhara civilization and was about 1,700 years old. He said that the police had surrounded the area and taken it under his control.
Khan termed the demolition of the statue a “crime” and said that “disrespect of any religion is intolerable”.