Islamabad: Pakistan’s stolen artefacts to return home in 2 months
ISLAMABAD: Stolen Pakistani archaeological artefacts have been recovered from Italy, officials said on Wednesday. The officials said the artefacts were smuggled to Italy and would now arrive home within two months.
The artefacts, from museums in Lahore and Peshawar, were officially taken to Delhi by the Archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler in 1946 for exhibition, but never came back home, an official from the Archaeology and Museums Department said. Around 100 artefacts dating back as far as 4,000 BC were smuggled to Italy, and were discovered at a 2005 antiques fair. The items have been symbolically delivered to the Pakistani ambassador in Rome and will reach Pakistan within two months. They include vases, bowls, terracotta statuettes, musical instruments, and coins. Experts from the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome say some of the 96 pieces came from Balochistan and include pottery from the Nal Village and others originated in the Indus Valley region. “This would probably be the second time a nation helps Pakistan to find its stolen treasures. In March 2007, the US also helped Pakistan in this regard,” the official said.
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