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The Buddha of Swat

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Mullah Fazlullah may be no more. But the Buddha of Swat that his supporters tried to destroy back in 2007 has now been fully restored. This is to be welcomed. Admittedly, the lengthy process undertaken by Italian archaeologists did not come cheap. Over a five-year period, the Rome government invested some $2.9 million in efforts to preserve this important cultural artefact that effectively belongs to local residents.

Sitting in a lotus position, the statue dates as far back as the seventh century and stands six metres tall. Following the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Afghan Taliban back in 2001 — the Buddha of Swat is now considered one of South........

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