India has expressed grave concern that Buddhist symbols are being destroyed and the religious and cultural rights and freedoms are being trampled with impunity in the Indian territories under illegal occupation of Pakistan.
In response to media queries regarding reports of vandalism, defacement and destruction of Buddhist archaeological sites in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, India has conveyed strong concern at these reports.
He said, egregious activities of this nature which display contempt for the ancient civilizational and cultural heritage are highly condemnable.
India has sought immediate access for its experts to the area in order to restore and preserve this invaluable archaeological heritage.
The Spokesman said, India has once again called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all illegally occupied territories and end gross violation of political, economic and cultural rights of people living there.