Karachi: Suspects’ brother held
KARACHI: Awami Colony Police had arrested the elder brother of prime suspects booked in the smuggling of the 3rd century Buddhist artefacts on Tuesday. Police officials said that the suspect, namely Tahir Qayyum Butt was taken into custody from Gulshan-e–Iqbal. The two brothers namely Asif Butt and Atif Butt were accused of being involved as the prime suspects in the case registered at the Awami Colony police station for smuggling of the artefacts after the Awami Colony Police, on July 6, impounded the container from Bilal Chowrangi in Korangi Industrial Area when it was on the way to Sialkot.
The driver and cleaner are already in police remand till July 11. According to the sources, the prime suspects nominated in the case have already enjoying the bail before arrests from the court and it would difficult for the police to arrest them. Meanwhile, the spokesman for Antiquities Department said that the trafficking of antiquities was a prescribed crime under the laws. After 18th amendment in constitution the subject matter of the Archaeology has been devolved to the provinces and Antiquities Department is being run under the administrative arrangements of the Culture Department. He added, ‘The Directorate of Archaeology is very well aware of the issues and is performing this task traditionally. He appreciated the efficiency of the Police in arresting those elements who were involved in trafficking of Antiquities and recovering them and it is hoped that the investigation would bring the case to logical end and all responsible would be brought to the book’.