- Indian PM writes to world leaders on statue
New Delhi, Mar 2 Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has written to world
leaders about the reported decree of the Taliban militia in Afghanistan to destroy all
statues in that country including Bamiyan Buddhas, describing this order as a
In letters to leaders of US, UK, France, Japan, Russia, China, South Korea, Cambodia,
Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and the UN Secretary General, Vajpayee stressed
that "the collective voice of humanity be raised against this outrage and that the
Taliban be made to see reason."
He said "We should also take up this matter with those countries that have
influence with the Taliban so that they too could intervene to seek the withdrawal of the
decree," an External Affairs ministry statement said Friday.
Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates have accorded recognition to the
Taliban regime though Riyadh has since downgraded its ties with this set up.
Vajpayee said the reported decree "represents a further obscurantist
regression--an assault on centuries of Afghan tradition and upon an irreplaceable
civilisational inheritance of all mankind. We are disturbed to see that this demolition is
already in progress," he said. PTI VMN SA RP PTI NNNN ZCZC .NEWDEL