By Amjad Iqbal
TAXILA: The archaeology department Taxila has started tampering with centuries-old Buddha statues at the Jualian stupa, sources in the department told Dawn.
The site is enlisted on the Unesco world cultural heritage list, giving it an international recognition.
The sources said without taking an approval from the international organisations, the officials had initiated a “restoration and preservation” project by hiring private labourers to fix newly-made heads on the statues of the Buddha. The original heads were removed and placed in the Taxila Museum more than eight decades ago.
The sources added that the officials had hired private masons who were using plaster of Paris for placing the new heads on the Budha’s statues. Originally, these heads were made of stucco, they added. Continue reading