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US returns 133 stolen artifacts to Pakistan; Consul General Aamer Atozai Expresses thanks

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NEW YORK, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 22nd May, 2024) The United States returned to Pakistan 133 pieces of stolen antiquities worth over $13 million in a ceremony at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in New York on Tuesday.

The incident marked the 5th such transfer to Pakistan where these precious artefacts, dating back to the Gandhara period, were stolen.

The Consul General in New York, Aamer Ahmed Atozai, who received the artefacts on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, expressed gratitude to the District Attorney’s office, its Antiquities Trading Unit, and the Department of Homeland Security for their efforts to recover the stolen cultural treasures. from Pakistan.

Some of the recovered antiquities were also displayed at the ceremony, and Consul General Atozai said that these pieces will adorn museums across Pakistan.

The consul general has also signed an agreement with the Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, Matthew Bogdanos, who heads the Antiquities Trafficking Unit for the return of the artifacts returned to Pakistan.

Bogdanos said he was very proud to return these “glorious pieces of Pakistani heritage” to Pakistan whose civilization dates back to 5,000 years.


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