Pakistan gets back stolen artefacts worth millions of dollars from US

Pakistani Consul General in New York, Aamer Ahmed Atozai, stands with the repatriated artifacts and US representatives. — X/@PakinNewYork 

NEW YORK: In a significant cultural restitution, Pakistan welcomed the recovery of over 100 stolen artifacts, valued at over $13 million, in a ceremony at the office of the Manhattan district attorney on Tuesday.

This transfer, the fifth of its kind, saw the United States returning 133 ancient pieces to Pakistan. 

The returned treasures, originating from the ancient Gandhara civilization, were illicitly taken from Pakistan.

Aamer Ahmed Atozai, the Consul General of Pakistan in New York, formally received the historic pieces on behalf of Pakistan. 

During the event, Atozai extended his appreciation to the office of the district attorney, its dedicated unit for antiquities trafficking, and Homeland Security Investigations for their dedication to recovering Pakistan’s invaluable cultural artifacts.

Selected pieces from the trove were showcased during the repatriation event.

Through a social media update on X, formerly known as Twitter, the Consulate General of Pakistan announced that Atozai discussed at the event how these artifacts would be featured in museums throughout Pakistan.

The update revealed that a formal agreement was inked with Manhattan’s District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos expressed his pleasure at returning these “magnificent tokens of Pakistani ancestry” which hail from a civilization 5,000 years old.

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