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    Asssalamu alaikum Visit the link to see Hindoos burning the Quran!!!! Yahya ... Afghan Statues Outcry Grows; Taliban Leader Defiant
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2001

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      Afghan Statues Outcry Grows; Taliban Leader Defiant


      NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) - Hindu hard-liners in India burned a copy of
      the Muslim holy book, the Koran, Monday as international outrage grew at
      the destruction by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers of historic statues in the
      name of Islam.

      As Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar defended his destruction order, a
      German minister compared the attack on the statues to the book-burning
      purges of the Nazis, and an Afghan news agency said Japan had warned the
      drought and war-ravaged nation that aid could be hit.

      The United States joined the international outcry, saying it had raised
      its concerns with Taliban representatives in the Pakistani capital

      The purist Islamic Taliban has vowed to destroy all statues in its
      country, including two massive and ancient Buddhas in Bamiyan, towering
      175 feet and 120 feet and carved into sandstone cliffs.

      The Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, said
      Monday the destruction of the two statues began March 4.

      ``Explosions caused one quarter of the two statues to be blown up,'' the
      Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press quoted him as saying.

      State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the ancient statues were
      ``an important part of the world's cultural legacy and the cultural
      heritage of Afghanistan.''

      ``The United States joins...other governments in urging a halt to the
      destruction by the Taliban of a significant aspect of Afghan's cultural
      heritage,'' he said.

      Earlier Monday the U.N. cultural agency, UNESCO, said talks with Taliban
      Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil led it to hope that all doors to
      saving the statues had not yet closed.

      Iran urged the Organization of Islamic Conference, the world's largest
      Islamic body, to take serious action to stop the Taliban, and Greece
      offered to buy statues left behind from the days of Alexander the Great's
      conquests in Asia.

      More than 2,000 people turned out for a protest rally in Kathmandu, the
      capital of Nepal, where Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, was born more
      than 2,600 years ago.

      Mainly Buddhist Thailand and predominantly Muslim Malaysia added their
      voices to a chorus of criticism. The European Union denounced the start of
      the destruction of statues as ``an act of cultural barbarism and religious

      But a Kashmiri separatist group, based in Pakistan, expressed support for
      the Taliban stand.

      In a message quoted by the official Voice of Shariat radio, Omar dismissed
      criticism of his destruction call and said Afghan Muslims should be proud
      of smashing the statues.

      ``I ask the Muslim people of Afghanistan not to be afraid of the infidels'
      pressure,'' he added. ``I ask Afghans and world's Muslims to use their
      sound wisdom. ... Do you prefer to be a breaker of idols or a seller of

      The Taliban say it has smashed major statue collections in several parts
      of the country since last week when Omar first issued his decree.

      The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said
      its special representative, Pierre Lafrance, had hinted at a solution to
      the plight of the two Buddhas after talks in the southern Afghan city of
      Kandahar with the Afghan foreign minister.

      ``All doors have not closed,'' a statement quoted him as saying.
      ``Contacts are going on and new consultations of religious leaders are
      taking place in Afghanistan.''

      Lafrance, a French official sent by the Paris-based agency last week in a
      bid to save the priceless statues in central Afghanistan, confirmed that
      small Buddhist statues had been smashed in Ghazni and Herat.

      Afghanistan was a center of Buddhist culture before the arrival of Islam
      more than 1,200 years ago.

      About 200 right-wing Indian Hindus burned a copy of the Koran and tore up
      posters of Islamic shrines in New Delhi Monday to protest the Taliban's
      destruction of statues.

      ``Down with the Taliban. We will break Mecca and Medina,'' shouted the
      protesters outside U.N. offices in the city.

      Sorrow And Dismay

      The EU, in a statement issued in Pakistan by Sweden, which holds its
      rotating presidency, expressed sorrow and dismay that the destruction of
      statues had begun.

      In Germany, the mass-circulation daily Bild quoted German Culture Minister
      Julian Nida-Ruemelin as likening the smashing of the statues to Nazis
      burning books considered un-German in 1933.

      ``I feel myself uncannily reminded of the book burning by the Nazis. This
      is about a piece of global cultural heritage which the rest of the world
      cannot be indifferent to,'' he said.

      The head of anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan, its internationally
      recognized president, condemned the Taliban campaign to destroy the
      country's pre-Islamic heritage.

      ``We strongly condemn and oppose the Taliban's anti-national and
      anti-cultural action,'' Burhanuddin Rabbani said in a statement prepared
      in his remote northern headquarters.

      The Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) said Japan's ambassador to
      Pakistan, Sadaki Numata, had urged the Taliban not to destroy the statues,
      saying that Japanese aid could be compromised if Buddhist statues were

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