-- Tajik Culture Minister Keramatullah Alemov said
that the statues of Buddha in Afghanistan belonged
to the great civilization of ancient Khorasan.
in a ceremony held to commemorate the first
anniversary of the demolition of the statues by
the Taleban militia who were supported by Saudi
Arabia and Pakistan, he said that the act was a
added that the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan
were the cultural and historical treasures of this
Tajik minister also called on the Afghan interim
government to take measures to reconstruct the
statues, which were manifestations of the great
history of the nation.
Cultural Attache in Tajikistan, Ali Mousavi
Garmaroudi, also spoke at the ceremony. He
expressed regret over the very sad cultural and
historical disaster and said it indicated the
idiocy of the Taleban. He
also said that the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan
were historical and cultural monuments which were
belonged and mentioned in Tajik, Afghan, and
Iranian literature for centuries and were signs of
these three common cultures.
Afghan Cultural Attache in Tajikistan, Shams
ul-Haq Arianfar, referred to the destruction of
the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan and said that
the Afghan nation should fight against ignorance
in their newly liberated country.
also expressed hope that with the help of Iranian
and Tajik intellectuals, Afghanistan's cultural
and historical values could be revitalized.
ceremony commemorating the first anniversary of
the destruction of the Buddhist statues in Bamiyan,
Afghanistan was sponsored by the Society of Tajik
Writers and Poets. Iranian, Tajik and Afghan
scholars attended the ceremony.