BALOCHISTAN: An ancient cross-shaped figure, believed to be over 1,000 years old, has been discovered in the mountains of Kawardo in northern Pakistan’s Skardu. A three-member team of researchers led by Muhammad Naeem Khan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Baltistan, has discovered a cross in the Marble Mountains in Balochistan. The group was carrying out research with the help of locals and mountaineers in the foothills of the Indus River, about two kilometers from the base of Mount Kawardo.
According to a June 14 news release, the 7×6-foot-wide cross is 1000 to 1200 years old. Researchers note that this is the largest cross ever discovered in the subcontinent. This is the first crucifixion received from the Baltistan region. Mansha Noor, executive director of Pakistan’s Caritas, said: “This is proof of the Christian faith in the region. The University of Baltistan is trying to find out the true antiquity of this cross with the help of universities in Europe and North America, as well as local historians.