Pakistan: Lawyer moves Lahore High Court to bring back ‘Dancing Girl’ from India

Jamal Shah, director general of the Pakistan National Museum of Arts, in a statement said that a letter would be written to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to bring the statue back.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: October 11, 2016 2:12 pm
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A Pakistani lawyer has filed a petition to ask the government to bring back a 5,000-year-old bronze statue called ‘Dancing Girl’ from India. Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffrey on Monday filed the petition in the Lahore High Court for a suo motu action by the court.

The 10.5 centimetres high statue, dating around 2500 BC, was discovered in 1926 from the ancient city Mohenjodaro of the Indus Valley Civilisation in Sindh, Dawn reported. The petitioner claimed that the statue is the property of the Lahore Museum.

“It was taken to India around 60 years ago at the request of the National Arts Council, Delhi, and was never brought back,” the report said.

Jamal Shah, director general of the Pakistan National Museum of Arts, in a statement said that a letter would be written to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to bring the statue back.

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“This is important if we want to protect our heritage,” Shah said.

Jaffrey says the statue has the same historic importance as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Europe. He calls it a marker of Pakistan’s cultural heritage which needs to be protected. Some of the most famous archaeologists in the world have described it as one of the most captivating pieces of art from the Indus site.

The tiny bronze statue of a young woman is suggestive of two breakthrough – that Indus artists knew metal blending and casting and that the well developed Indus society had innovated dance and other performing arts, India’s National Museum said in its description of the Dancing Girl.

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    gyan
    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:21 am
    There was no stan at the time of Mohenjodaro. Instead of making such atrocious claims can they demonstrate to the world how they have maintained this ancient citadel ? The BBC has shown a program that Mohenjodaro will not survive for another 25 years. Instead they should compensate India for the treasures that they hold in their national msueums.
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      Sunil.Sharma
      Oct 11, 2016 at 12:39 pm
      A piece of art should belong to the place of it discovery. stan deserves to have it. Instead of making a hue and cry and of course politics using this, GoI should decently handover the artifact at the earliest.
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      Venkat
      Oct 11, 2016 at 8:47 pm
      60 years back our Indian land was taken by stanis and it has not yet come back. Can any body say in which court we can file a case.
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        Archpagan
        Oct 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm
        For your information, Allah had been the tribal god of the koraes.
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          Archpagan
          Oct 11, 2016 at 2:34 pm
          You?
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            Arvind
            Oct 11, 2016 at 9:47 am
            When stan allows and celebrates scantily clad dancing girls, we'll consider giving them a statue of a dancing girl.
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              debabrata
              Oct 11, 2016 at 8:57 am
              I thought the history of s began with the invasion of sindh by bin quasim
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              dd
              Oct 11, 2016 at 12:52 pm
              NO it doesnt. Indus valley civilization is the fountainhead of India and nothing in common with islamic stan. stani ragheads will destroy this cultural icon because it doesnt conform to their sick islamic teachings.
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