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US government hands over 133 smuggled artifacts to Pakistan

NEWYORK: The US government handed over thousands of years old antiquities and artifacts that were smuggled after theft from Pakistan to the Pakistani government. The estimated value of these antiquities was stated to be several million US dollars.

The New York District Attorney’s Office organized a special event to return the stolen and smuggled valuables from Pakistan that were recovered from the international group of smugglers.

Pakistan’s Consul General in New York, Amir Ahmad Atuzai and other diplomatic officials participated in the event.

Head of the anti-theft antiquities department of the District Attorney’s office, Matthew Bogdonas handed over valuable antiquities of ancient, historical and cultural heritage to the Pakistani consul general.

Consul General Amir Ahmed Atuzai, who received the artifacts on behalf of the Pakistani government, thanked to the district attorney office, its antiquities trafficking unit for their efforts in recovering the stolen artifact of Pakistan.

He said that 133 valuable artifacts have been returned to the Pakistani government which was important cultural heritage of Pakistan and these artifacts will once again become part of Pakistani museums.

Matthew Bogdonas said that he is feeling very happy to handover of Pakistani historical and cultural heritage and valuable artifacts and it will further strengthen the mutual relations of both countries.

He further said that this is the fifth batch of recovered heritage articles and so far the US authorities have recovered the antiquities worth millions of dollars from the smugglers and handed over to Pakistani government.

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