Taliban defeated by quiet strength of Pakistan’s Buddha

The Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the seventh century, was dynamited by the Pakistani Taliban in 2007. Now it has been restored, a powerful symbol of tolerance in the traumatized Pakistani valley.
The figure, depicted in a lotus position at the base of a granite cliff in northern Pakistan, was severely damaged by religious insurgents in an echo of the Afghan Taliban’s complete destruction of its more imposing counterparts at Bamiyan in 2001.


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