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New York returns 192 rare looted antiquities to Pakistan

The US has returned nearly 200 rare artifacts dating back 8,000 years to Pakistan, in one of the largest repatriation of antiquities in recent decades, state-run media said Saturday. The antiquities, which belong to the 8,000-year-old Mehrgarh civilization, were returned by the Homeland Security Department to the Pakistan Consulate in New York in a ceremony, following an investigation into an Indian-American art dealer, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported, citing the Manhattan District Attorney Office. A total of 192 antiquities, of which 187 were stolen and smuggled into New York in the 1990s by Subhash Kapoor, were handed over to Pakistan's Consul General Ayesha Ali. The district attorney’s office identified Kapoor, who owned the Art of the Past art gallery in New York and a business that specialized in selling antiquities from Southeast Asia, as one of the "world’s most prolific" antiquities traffickers.

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