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 vandalised by local construction workers on Saturday as they considered the relic to be "unIslamic".
Workers who were digging the foundation of a house discovered the ancient relic said to be from the Gandhara civilisation.
A video of the incident that has gone viral on social media shows the construction workers destroying the idol using a sledgehammer and expressing their resentment towards it.
#Shameful A life sized statue of God Buddha was discovered in a construction site in Takhtbhai,Pakistan.
In 2017, two rare and ancient Buddha statues were unearthed at an archeological site in Bhamala in Hariput 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.
A couple of years ago, the museum's tallest statue of Buddha in schist stone was transported to Switzerland for display there for 100 days at an international exhibition. »