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20 years ago on 30th July 2002, thieves were able to steal away the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ slippers from Badshahi mosque in Lahore.
The Badshahi Mosque was built in 1673 during the Mughal Era is itself an asset for the country. The sacred pairs of shoes were gifted on the occasion of the conquest of Damascus to the emperor Tamerlane in 1400. They later landed in Sub-continent.
The sacred pair of Shoes
Pakistani government could neither protect nor recover it from the thieves. In 20 years there have been no vital investigations.
How come someone just steals away the greatest asset from the mosque and remains hidden for years.
The JIT is formed by the combination of officials from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence and senior police officials.
The thief has been able to slip away from the police for 20 years. Interestingly, the case is still under investigation and not a single clue has been found by the authorities.
A reward of $10,000
A reward worth Rs 2 million ($10,000) has been placed for those who shall supply correct information and help police catch up the thief. However, the hefty reward could not do well for the authorities.
The general public holds the opinion that the authorities might as well be involved in the theft and that is why no one has been able to catch them.
The theft of antiques in Pakistan
The theft of antiques in Pakistan is not a new thing. Many antiques have been reported missing in Pakistan and then they land up in the International Black market.
For instance, in December 1999, 81 antique pieces from the Taxila museum got stolen. This was the biggest theft one of its own kind and the antiques were worth millions. These antiques which dated back from 4BC to 2AD where from the Gandhara civilizations.
Source: Al Arabiya