Swat Buddha statue restored after 9 years

Jahanabad—The iconic 7th-century Buddha statue in Jahanabad, Swat, which was defaced by the Taliban nine years ago has finally been restored to its original form by a team of Italian archeologists.
The Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan, helped along by the locals, was able to undo the damage inflicted by the Taliban militants in September 2007 after four years of hard work.
The militants had blown up the iconic statue’s face by inserting explosives and damaged the shoulders and torso by drilling holes into the structure. The act had sparked worldwide ire, especially among the Buddhist community, historians and archaeologists.—INP

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