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Elder brother of antiquities smuggling suspects nabbed

11 July, 2012

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KARACHI: Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested the elder brother of prime suspects booked for smuggling Gandhara artifacts, which date back to the third century.

They said that Tahir Qayyum Butt was taken into custody from Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. His two brothers Asif Butt and Atif Butt are the prime suspects of a case registered at the Awami Colony police station for antiquities' smuggling. Needless to say, police had recovered the artifacts on July 6 after impounding a container en route to Sialkot at Bilal Chowrangi, Korangi Industrial Area.

The driver and cleaner of the container were also arrested in the act. Subsequently, they registered a case against the driver and cleaner and also nominated container's owners Asif Butt and Atif Butt as the prime suspects.

SHO Javed Brohi said that they arrested Qayyum Butt after a proper rake. He said that Qayyum was not nominated in the case, however, they detained him for the questioning only. The driver and cleaner are already in a police remand till July 11. On the other hand, sources claim that Qayyum's siblings are already enjoying bails before arrest while their links are making their arrests a tough ask for the police.

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