France Returns Stolen Artifacts to Pakistan
On Tuesday, 2nd July, France returns more than 400 stolen relics back to Pakistan.
In September 2006, at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, many of the ancient relics which date as far back as 4000 BC were seized by the French custom agents.
The National Center for Scientific Research identified that the artifacts are from the Pakistan’s Indus Valley cemeteries.
The artifacts include pots, vases and jars, all painstakingly embellished with small, stylized motifs of animals, plants and trees, having an estimated value of 139,000 euros ($157,000) are handed back to Pakistan on Tuesday.
“It is indeed a special moment for Pakistan.” – Muhammad Majad Aziz Qazi, the head of mission. He further added, “It is also an emotional moment for us. We believe, today, that a part of Pakistan’s heritage is coming back to its homeland.”