12 iulie 2018

Taleban defeated by the quiet strength of Pakistan’s Buddha


Pakistani visitors walking past a centuries-old stupa, a dome-shaped Buddhist monument, in the town of Amluk Dara near Mingora. The Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the seventh century, was dynamited by the Pakistani Taleban in 2007. Now it has been restored, a powerful symbol of tolerance in the traumatized Pakistani valley. The holy figure, depicted in a lotus position at the base of a granite cliff in northern Pakistan, was severely damaged by Islamist insurgents in an echo of the Afghan [...]