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The Buddha statue in Jehan Abad was the largest such rock carving in the world after the statues of Bamiyan, says Osman.
The Bamiyan statues were bombed by the Afghan Taliban in late 2001.
Since then, present day Pakistan has been struggling to keep its diverse ethnicities, including Punjabis, Sindhis, Balochis, Pashtuns, and Seraikis united by using the religion of Islam as a glue.
“Gandhara was the center of religious harmony,” says Dr.
Abdul Samad, director of archaeology and museums in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
“The basic concept of religious harmony that we see in the modern day world flourished here 2000 years ago.
It was here that one finds Greek, Roman, Persian, Hindu, and Buddhist gods in a single panel in Peshawar Museum,” Samad explains.