US returns 192 stolen artifacts worth $3.4 million to Pakistan.

NEW YORK -- The United States has returned 192 stolen antiquities, valued at nearly $3.4 million, to Pakistan after an investigation into a notorious Indian-American art dealer, Subhash Kapoor, the Manhattan District Attorney's office in New York announced.

According to Manhattan District Attorney's office, 187 of the artefacts were recovered from Subhash Kapoor, identifying him as one of the world's most prolific antiquities traffickers.

The art pieces and artefacts included a Gandharan statute depicting a Maitreya, or an enlightened form of the Buddha, which was looted from Pakistan and smuggled into New York during the 1990s.

Subhash Kapoor had owned an art gallery in New York called Art of the Past and a side business that specialized in selling antiquities from Southeast Asia when he was accused of smuggling and selling stolen artefacts.

The antiquities were looted from a Neolithic archaeological site in Pakistan before being trafficked to New York. They were placed in a storage unit rented by agents of the Art of the Past until their seizure by United States authorities this year.

The archaeological site of Mehrgarh in Pakistan was discovered by archaeologists in 1974 and subsequently faced looting.

Kapoor was arrested in October 2011 at Frankfurt International Airport in Germany and extradited the following year to India on charges of having received stolen artefacts from temples in southern India, which he then sold to museums around the world, according to the announcement.

He has been held in an Indian jail ever since and was convicted of receiving stolen property, habitually dealing in stolen property, and conspiracy by a...

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