Police in Pakistan arrest religious extremists within hours after they were found to damage historical Buddhist artifacts.

PESHAWAR: Local police in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtun-Khwa (KPK) province arrests FOUR culprits who were seen damaging a historical Buddhist artifact that was found by the Department of Archaeology. Netizens on different social media platforms were outraged seeing the act and demanded swift action. The incident took place at Takht-e-Bahi which is an ancient site that comes under UNESCO world heritage site(s):

IMAGE COURTESY: Google Earth.

The Department of Archaeology ensuring the conservation of history immediately registered an FIR or First Investigation Report and the local police came into action. Within a matter of a few hours, they were arrested which speaks regarding the commitment of Police and local authorities at ensuring and safeguarding the history of the region.

This was announced in a Press statement by the Department of Archeology, KP as follows:

مردان میں گندھارا بدھا مجسمہ کو توڑنے کا معاملہ، ویڈیو سوشل میڈیا پر وائرل ہوتے ہی محکمہ آرکیالوجی و میوزیم خیبرپختونخوا…

Posted by Directorate of Archaeology & Museums, KP on Saturday, July 18, 2020

The mood was swiftly changed on social media as many praised the swift action of the local authorities but it still raises the issue of extremism in Pakistan. Pakistan has battled a deadly was against the Taliban near its Afghan border who aimed at installing a radical Islamic government in Pakistan.

Pakistan has to take further steps to ensure extremism comes to an end. These are small steps but in the right direction. Help us know in the comments below what steps does Pakistan need to ensure extremism comes to an end.

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