- India has reacted strongly to reports of vandalism and defacement of ancient Buddhist rock carvings in Gilgit-Baltistan under Pakistan’s control.
About Rock Hunza:
- What is it?
- The Sacred Rock of Hunza is carved rock as well as a cultural heritage site in Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
- History: The carvings on the rock dates back to the 1st Millennium AD.
- The rock is on the top of a hill which lies east to the Hunza River.
- The Sacred Rock is divided into two portions, an upper portion and a lower one.
- Both the portions carry carvings on them which are basically inscriptions and images from the Prehistoric era.
- The site had many Buddhist shelter caves in ancient times which later collapsed or fell over the time.
- The rock carvings and engravings in areas were part of theBuddhist circle covering Ladakh and Tibet.
What is the issue?
- The Buddhist sites in Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan have been desecrated by Islamists, who painted Pakistani flags and slogans on the rock-cut art.
- The Buddhist residents, who found the paintings to be fresh, said that the vandalism by the Islamists was in retaliation to the recent protests against the Diamer Bhasha dam project, a joint Pakistan-China project.