PESHAWAR, Pakistan —
Police arrested four men Saturday for allegedly destroying an fashioned statue of Buddha they found while doing constructing work near an historical Buddhist situation in northwest Pakistan, officers mentioned.
The arrests in the district of Mardan hold been made hours after a video went viral on social media exhibiting a individual breaking the statue with a hammer when it became aloof partly embedded in the floor.
Local archaeologists later determined the Buddha statue became of historical tag.
The lads, charged beneath the country’s antiquities legal guidelines, face as much as five years in penal complicated if convicted. The legal guidelines restrict the destruction of ruin to any antiquities, police mentioned.
“We now hold taken the objects of the destroyed Buddha into our custody to evaluate its archaeological tag nonetheless it indubitably looks it became an fashioned one. We misplaced it sadly,” mentioned Abdul Samad Khan, who heads the province’s archaeology division.
Police mentioned they are questioning the boys, who’re local residents, to discover precisely why they destroyed the Buddha, as a replace of alerting authorities.
The incident took impart no longer some distance from Takhat Bhai, a mountainous dwelling that became as soon as a part of Gandhara, an vital Buddhist kingdom that stretched across in model-day Pakistan and Afghanistan more than 1,000 years ago.
Pakistan possesses a rich cultural heritage nonetheless doesn’t hold the resources to adequately provide protection to it.