Stolen history: Authorities recover more artefacts

08 Jul 2012 11:02 AM | Anonymous

Stolen history: Authorities recover more artefacts

Published: July 7, 2012

A policeman inspects seized antique artifacts, displayed for media at a police station in Karachi July 7, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: After authorities in Karachi seized dozens of ancient artefacts dating from the Gandhara civilisation on Friday, they managed to recover more artefacts thanks to leads obtained from those arrested in a raid the day before, officials said.

The antiquities had been illegally dug from the country’s restive northwest where Pakistan’s army is battling against militants.

The latest raid on a warehouse in the eastern Ibrahim Hyderi neighbourhood unearthed two large boxes stuffed with ancient Gandhara art.

The haul included statues of Buddha, life-sized idols, bronze artefacts, pottery and decorative plaques, Qasim Ali Qasim, director of Sindh province archaeology department, told AFP.

On Friday, the police intercepted a flatbed truck in Karachi and found similar antiquities from the 2,000-year-old civilisation hidden under plastic and wooden items.

Senior police official Latif Siddiqui said the driver and cleaner of the truck who were arrested on Friday gave a lead to the warehouse which helped recover more artefacts.

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