The Indian Ministry of External Affairs says they have communicated their concerns to Pakistan over the reported vandalism, defacement and destruction of Buddhist heritage in Gilgit-Baltistan, a region claimed by India and controlled by Pakistan.
Responding to media queries Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson said: “We have conveyed our strong concern at reports of vandalism, defacement and destruction of invaluable Indian Buddhist heritage located in so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ area of the Indian territory under illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan.”
MEA spokesperson – Anurag Srivastava said it was a matter of serious concern that the Buddhist symbols are being destroyed and the religious and cultural rights and freedoms are being crushed with impunity in the Indian territories under illegal occupation of Pakistan. He added – “Egregious activities of this nature which display contempt for the ancient civilisational and cultural heritage are highly condemnable.
“We have sought immediate access for our experts to the area in order to restore and preserve this invaluable archaeological heritage. “We have once again called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all illegally occupied territories and end the gross violation of the political, economic and cultural rights of people living there.”