Gandhara was the first civilisation to have spawned Buddhist art and culture. The police caught around 300 pieces of artefacts worth billions, which were recovered from a truck and a warehouse in Ibrahim Hyderi, last week.  Inspections have revealed that the artefacts were dug out from southern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in a bid to smuggle and sell them in the international market.

Mohammad Shah Bukhari, head of the National Museum of Pakistan, informed Kolachi that most of the relics depict the life of Buddha meditating and carrying out his missionary activities. While the investigation in the smuggling case is under way, Kolachi carries
a photo-feature of 2,000-year-old relics from the Gandhara civilisation, whose real value is still unknown to many.


Text by

Saher Baloch

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Naqeeb ur Rehman






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