Custom foils bid to smuggle Buddha statues

21 May 2015 9:37 AM | Anonymous

Customs foil bid to smuggle Buddha statues

Customs foil bid to smuggle Buddha statues

Arrest passen­ger with one origin­al, seven replic­as of Gandha­ra-era artefa­cts. By Obaid Abbasi Published: May 20, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Customs officials on Tuesday held a passenger with a Gandhara-era artefact from Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA). 

Khan Zafar Ali, a Pakistani-origin German national, was carrying eight statues of Buddha. The passenger was booked for Turkey on a private airline but was intercepted and taken into custody after the statues were found in his luggage.

The artefacts were sent to the Department of Archaeology and Museums, which said one of the statues was an original Gandhara-era artefact, while the rest were replicas