The United States has pledged to return 192 stolen artifacts back to Pakistan. The artifacts returned to Pakistan by The Manhattan District Attorney, were estimated to have a combined worth of $3.4 million. The artifacts were seized for investigation purposes that involved an art dealer.
Subhash Kapoor was an Indian American art dealer who was believed to be running a $100 million international trafficking business for more than 30 years. He was arrested in 2011 and later extradited to India in 2012. Out of the total 192 artifacts, 187 of the artifacts were recovered as part of the inspection of Mr. Kapoor.
The artifacts returned included statues of the Gandhara civilization. It also included Buddha and Mehrgarh dolls that are more than 5000 years old. The items were stolen from a Neolithic archaeological site, in Pakistan. The authorities have already returned 876 artifacts and 2,300 antiquities to 37 other countries with a combined worth of $290 million.