Taxila: Bid to smuggle artifacts foiled
TAXILA: The Federal Archaeology Department (FAD) on Tuesday claimed that customs staff had recently foiled an attempt to smuggle 272 pottery and other artifacts.
Talking to Dawn, an official of FAD said that the Customs department officials seized bowls and vases of pottery being smuggled from Pakistan at Lahore airport.
He said that these centuries-old artifacts, valuing millions of rupees, belonged to Gandhara, which occupied a prominent place in the museums of England, France, Germany, US, Japan, Korea, China, India and Afghanistan as well as in Pakistan.
He said that some antiquities were from Balochistan as well. Moreover, the official said that some of the objects belonged to the Kuli site, a rich cultural heritage.
The smuggling bid is a sheer vandalism, the FAD official said adding “People, who steal valuable objects from developing countries, sell them in international markets at a very cheap price.”