|Film: "The Buddhas of Mes Aynak" (Prof. Brent E. Huffman/facebook.com)|
|Afghan girls -- poor Caucasians from Central Asia between India and Russia (AP)|
|Afghan's Indo-Greco art|
Pakistani state television announced that at least 94 people were killed and nearly 600 others wounded across the country, while Afghan officials said 33 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.
- The Buddha was born in Afghanistan? Yes.
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- The wonders of Greco-Buddhism (Gandhara) came about when "Afghanistan" became a Greek region called Bactria
|Father holds injured Afghan boy (AP).|
|The Buddha''s hometown: The area in modern Afghanistan between Bamiyan (at the foothills of the Himalayas known as the Hindu Kush), Mes Aynak, and Kabul was "Kapilavastu."|
|Pakistan is a new country. Previously, "India" (or Greater Bharat) extended west to Afghanistan and Iran (on left), near Kashmir, Nepal, Tajikistan, Tibet and China in the north.|
|The Buddha's family, the Shakyans, were called "Scythians" by the Greeks. The Buddha lived in an area called Sakastan in this map of ancient kingdoms before there was an "India" as such.|
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|Bimaran casket of the Shakyans, Scythians of Afghanistan|
In Pakistan, Abdul Latif Khan, an official at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said the quake killed 48 in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province alone. Another official Mussarrat Khan said 16 people were killed in the country's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
|Massive Buddha, Bamiyan, Afghanistan|
The province also suffers floods, snowstorms and mudslides, and despite vast mineral deposits is one of Afghanistan's poorest regions. It has recently also been troubled by Taliban-led insurgents, who have used its remote valleys as cover to seize districts as they spread their footprint across the country.
|Bamiyan, Afghanistan's Big Buddha monuments are staggering (Azaranica).|
|Rescue workers carry an injured Afghan girl who was hurt during the earthquake to a hospital in Jalalabad, Afghanistan (Parwiz Parwiz/Reuters/PRI.org).|
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