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FIA initiates inquiry into 'disappearance and theft' of art from PNCA

Updated Mar 24, 2017 03:22pm

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The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday initiated an inquiry into the disappearance and theft of artwork and precious paintings from the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad.

According to the FIA, 134 pieces of art, worth millions of rupees in total, have either disappeared or been stolen from the PNCA over several years.

Centuries-old works of art which have gone missing from the PNCA include Ustad Allah Ditta's famous Ramchand and Lakshman painting.

Ustad Bashratullah's Half Kali Davi and Half Mahadev has also disappeared from the arts council.

It is rumoured that the missing pieces of art have either been gifted to influential people or sold at high prices in the black market.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcast and Cultural Heritage referred the inquiry to the FIA after it was discovered that several pieces were missing during a stock check at the PNCA.

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Comments (4) Closed



Zak Mar 24, 2017 06:16pm

'It is rumoured that the missing pieces of art have either been gifted to influential people or sold at high prices in the black market.'

Can you verify or dispel the rumour, as it is very serious matter. What kind of 'influential' who even took it.

azam khan Mar 24, 2017 08:40pm

Check with Nawaz Sharif & Asif Ali Zardari.

farooq Mar 24, 2017 09:44pm

not good

ZAne Mar 25, 2017 01:20am

May be its with Yousuf raza gilani!