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Islamabad seeks statue

Islamabad, Feb. 2 (PTI): Pakistani authorities are planning to ask India to return the famous Dancing Girl statue from Mohenjodaro.

The move comes at a time former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has organised the Sindh Festival at Mohenjodaro to publicise the southern Pakistani region’s rich cultural heritage. The event has raised fears among archaeologists that it could damage the ruins.

An unnamed member of the cabinet of southern Sindh was quoted as saying by Dawn daily today: “We are writing to the federal government to help us repatriate our exiled heroine back to us from India.”

The 10.8cm bronze statue, made in 2500 BC, is on display at New Delhi’s National Museum. Along with the Priest King, it is considered one of the two most famous artefacts from Mohenjodaro, one of the oldest planned cities.