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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                    dd
                    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                    your mother should have swallowed (or aborted you).
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                      Guest4321
                      Oct 12, 2016 at 5:37 am
                      stan is part of akhand Bharat and they should return stani territory illegally occupied by stani army since 14th Aug. 1947
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                        Guest4321
                        Oct 11, 2016 at 10:45 am
                        Excellent opportunity. India should join this case and present its case for common cultural heritage and hindu ancestory of stanis. I suggest that Dr. Swamy should argue India's case.
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                          lafanga
                          Oct 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm
                          The small time Indian mentality means that they will never ever return the statue to it's rightful owner. Fact.
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                            lafanga
                            Oct 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm
                            Who destro the Babri masjid which in itself is an icon? Wait and see ... RSS and Shiv Sena goons will destroy Taj Mahal as well.
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                              T P
                              Oct 12, 2016 at 4:48 am
                              I am told that in text books of history in stan they are always taught that their history starts with Mahmood Ghajnavi of Gazni and with Ghori than how they will connect to this DANCING GIRL. In fact ISLAM does not support dancing and singing and most of ISLAMISTS consider it unislamic.
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                                Guru
                                Oct 11, 2016 at 11:40 am
                                They don't like dancing, particularly women. After taking this statue, will they stone it?
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                                  harsh
                                  Oct 11, 2016 at 7:47 am
                                  But dancing is banned in Islam. Then how can the land of pure display it?
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                                    NArayan
                                    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:30 am
                                    but we read that mahira was back in pak... :D :D :D..lt;br/gt;jokes apart, please return dawood and take your dancing girl...
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                                      NArayan
                                      Oct 11, 2016 at 8:30 am
                                      but we read that mahira was back in pak... :D :D :D..lt;br/gt;jokes apart, please return dawood and take your dancing girl...
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                                        Kay Gee
                                        Oct 12, 2016 at 5:03 am
                                        I do not understand why they are writing to UNESCO not to Indian museum which borrowed the statue?lt;br/gt;the piece is 2500 BC, muslim relegion lot later then how it can be their heritage? Aryan were there during that time in Indus valley. lt;br/gt;Probably, our Arya smaj should bring them back to Aryan so that they can have rich heritage.
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                                          Kameng Dorjee
                                          Oct 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm
                                          Nonsense, The Indus Valley Civilization and all its 'artifacts' are part of India's cultural heritage, stan has no locus stand on the issue unless it plans to 'arm' the dancing girl like it armed the traitor Kashmir Muslims!
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                                            kiran
                                            Oct 11, 2016 at 7:15 pm
                                            No diff between afg and pak as both have sharia law which abhors idols. How would this statue be left , better it be in India
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