Smuggled Buddha unique sculpture United States returned to Pakistan

Smuggled Buddha unique sculpture United States returned to Pakistan. The statue  exhibited at an art exhibition in New York for sale.

A Buddha sculpture that smuggled from Swat to the United States in 1980s will be returned to Pakistan.

Smuggled Buddha unique sculpture United States returned to Pakistan,

Smuggled Buddha unique sculpture United States returned to Pakistan.

The rare sculpture worth more than $1.1 million, a private news channel reported.

A ceremony pertaining to the return of the smuggled unique figure is going to organised in District Attorney General Office in New York’s (NY) Manhattan.

The statue exhibited at an art exhibition in New York for sale.

Last year, customs officials 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 booked for Turkey on a private airline but intercepted and take into custody after the statues found in his luggage.

The artefacts sent to the Department of Archaeology and Museums.

Which said one of the statues  an original Gandhara-era artefact, while the rest replicas.

A customs official said the original statue was worth Rs1 million locally and around Rs1 billion in the international market.

“Mixing originals with replicas a popular trick among smugglers of archaeological artefacts,” he said.

The Gandhara civilisation existed in what is now the Potohar region, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan from 1500 BCE to around 500 CE.

A customs official said the original statue was worth Rs1 million locally and around Rs1 billion in the international market.

“Mixing originals with replicas is a popular trick among smugglers of archaeological artefacts,” he said.

Smuggled Buddha unique sculpture United States returned to Pakistan.

The Gandhara civilisation existed in what is now the Potohar region, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan from 1500 BCE to around 500 CE.

Khan Zafar Ali, a Pakistani-origin German national, was carrying eight statues of Buddha.

The passenger booked for Turkey on a private airline but intercepted and take into custody after the statues found in his luggage.