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Afghanistan gets back smuggled Buddha statue

Afghanistan gets back smuggled Buddha statue

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Nov 11, 2019 - 10:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Culture and Information (MoCI) has received a smuggled Buddha statue from Hong Kong.

The Buddha statue, dating back to the third century, was handed over to Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, the deputy minister of information by Gabriel Shine -- Afghanistaninfo-icon’s friend.

In a statement, Bawari said the ministry was committed to bringing back all smuggled antiques, including statues, to Afghanistan.

Shine said he had received the stature a few years ago but he did not have the opportunity to return it to Afghanistan earlier.

The statue had been registered with UNESCO with a picture in the catalogue of National Museum.

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