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Event Title: ANTIQUES NEED TO BE PROTECTED, SENATOR DILAWAR KHAN

Event Date: 2019-03-26

Senate Special Committee for recommendations of the Committee adopted by the House has sought details of the excavations made so far and the steps taken by the Archeology department for protection of antiques and historical valuables.  Senator Dilawar Khan, Convener of the Special committee to provide for mechanism for implementation of recommendations of Committees adopted by the House, said that there are reports of irregularities which need to be fixed.   

While discussing the issue raised by Senator Sitara Ayaz regarding reports about misplacement of precious antiques from Peshawar Museum, the Committee observed that the matter needs to be investigated thoroughly.  Senator Sitara Ayaz said that there were reports circulating in print, electronic and social media about misplacement of precious items from Peshawar Museum.  She said that the matter is being investigated by NAB, Peshawar and has arrested official of the Museum. She asked the authorities concerned about the current status of all the precious items.  “Precious items were sent abroad for exhibitions but have not been brought back by the concerned departments” Senator Sitar Ayaz said.  She further said that it is a serious matter and the House of Federation would look into the issue to fix the responsibility and streamline affairs.   

Senator Dilawar Khan remarked that archeological sites and history tell us about our culture, roots and civilization and it needs to be protected.  Secretary Sports and Culture Department, KPK informed that all the record and objects of Peshawar Museum are intact and there is nothing missing or stolen from the antiquities. “ If record is intact and nothing is missing, then why an official is being investigated by NAB” Senator Dilawar Khan questioned Secretary Sports and Culture. He said that the Committee will visit the museum very soon. 

Committee after detailed discussion directed the department to provide list of excavation, objects discovered and security measures adopted for protection of the valuables items.  It also decided to seek update from NAB on the investigations carried so far.  The meeting was attended by Senators Khanzada Khan, Javed Abbasi, Waleed Iqbal, Nighat Mirza, Molvi Faiz Muhammad Rana Mehmood ul Hassan, Naseebullah Bazai, Sardar Muhammad Shafique Tareen, Sitara Ayaz and Shammim Afridi.