Afghan ministry of culture brings trafficked Buddha statue home
ministry of information and culture stated that the ministry has received a
piece of smuggled antiquity—belonging to Afghanistan—from Hong Kong. This
Buddha statue, which belongs to the third or fourth centuries, was handed over
to Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, the deputy director of the ministry, by Gabriel
Shine said that he had gotten this statue few years ago but he didn’t get the
opportunity to return it to the Ministry of Information and Culture earlier.
The statue is
registered with UNESCO with picture of it copied in the catalogue of National
Museum. Mr. Bawari said that the ministry is committed to return all smuggled
antiquities to Afghanistan.