US returns antiquities stolen, smuggled from Pakistan

Seized antiquities worth millions of dollars handed over to Pakistani consulate in New York.

Mumtaz Hussain 

NEW YORK: The district attorney office of New York City today returned 133 priceless antiquities stolen in Pakistan and smuggled to the United States after recovering them from gangs to the consulate of Pakistan officials.

These antiquities worth millions of dollars were recovered from gangs on different occasions after their smuggling into the US. The district attorney office decided to return the highly valuable items to Pakistan.

For this purpose, a function was held st the district attorney office in New York to hand over the items to officials of the Pakistani consulate.

Pakistan’s consul general Amir Ahmed and other diplomatic staff attended the function to receive the antiquities.

The head of the unit formed to check smuggling of antiquities at the district attorney office handed over the seized items to the Pakistani diplomats. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Pakistani consul general thanked the New York district attorney office for returning the antiquities. He said these historical items would become part of the heritage of Pakistan. 

The head of the unit at the district attorney office said that he was happy to return the smuggled items back to Pakistan. He said that this would further strengthen relations between the two countries. 

This was the fifth time that we have recovered stolen and smuggled artifacts from gangs and returned them to Pakistan.

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