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12:00 AM, January 02, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 02, 2008

Theft of artefacts

In all humility I express my sincere appreciation of the resignation tendered by Mr. Ayub Qadri shouldering the responsibility and lapses of his ministry. His ministry was responsible for a decision which was against the popular sentiment. But what about the actual guilt of the theft which took place at a place where all the authorities/departments were under one separate ministry.
Everybody, including the ever-alert media, is maintaining silence on the swindling at ZIA.

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It is regrettable that two of our national treasures--the Vishnu idols-- are lost due to the negligence of the government. Despite immense risks and nation-wide opposition by conscious people, the government took the most undemocratic decision to send the artefacts to France.
Thus, it has no right to blame anybody else except itself. Mr. Ayub Qadri's resignation is regrettable not simply because he felt guilty about what happened, but equally because, by doing so, he was trying to hide from public wrath.
Nobody is above the law and no one has the right to play with the nation's wealth--whoever he may be.
Rafi Ahmed, D.Phil (Oxford), Professor of History, Elmira College and Cornell University

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