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Peshawar Customs aborts attempt to smuggle Gandhara’s antiques

Peshawar Customs aborts attempt to smuggle Gandhara’s antiques

PESHAWAR: The MCC Islamabad has thwarted a bid to smuggle the antiques into a country and lodged an FIR and initiated the investigation.

A tip-off was received from Collector MCC Islamabad Arslan Subuqtageen that the export consignment cleared vide Sialkot International Container Terminal filed by Leo’s Corporation on behalf of exporter M/s B2B Traders Sialkot was re-examined.

Contrary to the declaration as “Decoration Items”, the MCC Islamabad found invaluable antiquities which have been confirmed by the Directorate General of Archaeology and Museums Islamabad.

The goods include 10 items of counterfeit statues of the Buddha (Gandhara Art), six items of original antiquities having Indo-Iranian influence of 2nd to 5th century A.D made of gold thin sheet (337 grams).

The consignment has been seized and the FIR registered against the culprits.

Further investigation is underway.