Approximately 20,675 valuable artefacts have been returned to Balochistan from Sindh. These include artefacts that are thousands of years old.
The artefacts had been in Sindh for over 40 years.
The government of Balochistan’s petition to the government of Sindh to return these artefacts has been approved and the artefacts are back in Quetta.
The provincial culture and health secretary, Zafar Ali Buledi, said that these artefacts will be displayed next year at the museum that will be constructed within Balochistan University. He said this will ensure that the valuable artefacts are protected and also give people a chance to learn more about them.
He said that they were kept at Karachi’s National Museum in its exploration branch. They were brought back through the efforts of Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal and Sports and Culture Minister Abdul Khaliq Hazara, he said, thanking the Sindh government for its help in the facilitation of the transport of the artefacts.
There are around 20,675 relics and artefacts that are between 2,000 and 6,000 years old, he explained, adding that the collection includes stone dishes, tools, jewellery and statues, among other things.
He said that Balochistan is home to centuries-old culture and heritage but unfortunately, the previous governments did not do anything to safeguard that heritage or these artefacts. The current government is working to preserve the province’s heritage and inform the people of their heritage, culture and history, said Buledi.