Pakistan earthquake cracks in World Heritage sites

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ISLAMABAD, November 2: The 7.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked Pakistan last week caused cracks in the country's world heritage sites of Takht-i-Bahi and Jaulian as well as in museums and artefacts of Gandhara Civilization, officials said.

The Takht-i-Bahi, a Parthian archaeological site in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and Jaulian ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery in Haripur district developed cracks following the October 26 earthquake, sources said.

"The quake caused a lot of damage to the sites and artefacts. After assessment, we would compile a complete report about it,"said Abdul Samad, director of archaeology and museums of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The quake, which also hit India and Afghanistan, killed at least 250 people in Pakistan and damaged properties.

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