Official linked to blowing up Buddhas is elected in Afghanistan.
19 Oct 2005
Kabul. A former regional governor who oversaw the destruction of two giant
1,500-year-old Buddha statues during the Taliban's reign has been elected to parliament, election organisers said yesterday as results from two provinces were finalised.
Mawlawi Mohammed Islam Mohammadi was the Taliban's governor of Bamiyan province where the Taliban destroyed the statues in 2001, considering them idolatrous and anti-Muslim.After the regime was ousted later that year, he fled to the north. On September 18, he stood as an election candidate in Samangan province and won