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US returns $13 million stolen artifacts to Pakistan

08:25 PM | 25 May, 2024
Pakistan gets stolen artifacts back
Source: @PakinNewYork

ISLAMABAD – The United States returned 133 stolen antiquities valued at over $13 million to Pakistan this week.

This marks the fifth repatriation of artifacts to the South Asian country, which saw many of its relics dating back to the Gandhara period stolen.

Artifacts are man-made objects, such as pieces of art or tools, that hold significant cultural, historical, or archaeological value.

The illicit antiquities trade is a multi-billion-dollar global industry, according to a 2018 report by Standard Chartered Bank. This trade often funds criminal and militant groups on the supply side, as noted by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

“The United States returned to Pakistan 133 pieces of stolen antiquities worth over $13 million at a ceremony held at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in New York on Tuesday,” reported the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

Some of the artifacts were displayed during the ceremony, where Pakistani Consul General in New York, Aamer Ahmed Atozai, stated that the artifacts would be showcased in museums across Pakistan.

The Consul General also signed an agreement with Matthew Bogdanos, the Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan who leads the Antiquities Trafficking Unit, for the repatriation of the artifacts to Pakistan.

Bogdanos expressed his pleasure in returning the “glorious pieces of Pakistani heritage” to a country with a civilization dating back 5,000 years.

Pakistan and the US regularly work together to return stolen artifacts. In 2021, following an investigation into Indian-American art dealer Subhash Kapoor, the US returned 192 stolen antiquities valued at around $3.4 million. In August 2022, the US returned 104 artifacts valued at $3.3 million to Pakistan, which were among thousands of relics looted from Asian countries and seized from Kapoor.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 21 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 21, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.75 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 297 and selling rate is 299.5 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.75.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.75
Euro EUR 297  299.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5  354 
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80  75.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.75 73.5
Australian Dollar AUD 181.2 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.91 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.11 40.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.62 916.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.98 172.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 28.83 29.13
Omani Riyal OMR 723.62 731.62
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.53 77.23
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.68 26.98
Swiss Franc CHF 315.08 317.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.59 7.74

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