With no resources to protect it, Pakistan struggles with smuggled Buddhist relics

05 Oct 2012 11:25 AM | Anonymous

With no resources to protect it, Pakistan struggles with smuggled Buddhist relics
 
By: Sebastian Abbot and Zarar Khan, Associated Press


   
ISLAMABAD (AP).- Lacking the necessary cash and manpower, Pakistan is struggling to stem the flow of millions of dollars in ancient Buddhist artifacts that looters dig up in the country's northwest and smuggle to collectors around the world.

The black market trade in smuggled antiquities is a global problem that some experts estimate is worth billions of dollars per year. The main targets are poor countries like Pakistan that possess a rich cultural heritage but don't have the resources to protect it

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