An ancient Buddha statue, which was found in Pakistan's Takht Bahi area in Mardan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while digging the foundation of a house, was vandalized by local construction workers as they considered the relic to be "unIslamic".
According to the viral video
on social media, the Buddha statue was discovered a few days ago and is believed to be demolished on Friday (July 17). The local maulvi was overheard, telling the man destroying the structure that "he would lose his Imaan (belief) and his nikah (marriage) will also not remain valid anymore."
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's old name is Ghandhara, and the region is a highly revered place for the followers of Buddhism.
In 2017, two rare and ancient Buddha statues were unearthed at an archaeological site in Bhamala in Haripur district. The largest ever statue found at the site depicts the death of Buddha and the second statue was a Buddha with a double halo.
In a detailed report titled 'Pakistan: Religious freedom under attack', released in December 2019, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, had expressed deep concern over the extremely volatile human rights situation in Pakistan.