The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Historical relics smuggle prevented in Torkham border

KABUL: Customs officials have foiled the trafficking of historical relics in Torkham ground port, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement the other day. “The historical relics were placed in a trailer truck and being smuggled via the Torkham ground port of the country’s eastern province of Nangarhar, to the neighboring country of Pakistan,” the statement said, arresting one individual in connection with the case. The Customs officials have said that the smuggling of precious stones and historical relics to neighboring countries has been on the increase in the past months. The seized historical relics have been handed over to the relevant organs, the statement further said. Also, the suspect has been taken to the judiciary organs for further investigation into his files, the statement added. On the other hand, the officials have thwarted the trafficking of 72 kilograms of precious stones in Torkham ground port in the past days. The precious stones types of Kunzites were replaced in a trailer truck and being smuggled via the Torkham ground port to the neighboring country of Pakistan. Kunzite is the best-known variety of the mineral spodumene. It’s named after famed gemologist George Frederick Kunz, who was the first to identify it as a unique variety of spodumene. Kunzite gets its delicate color from trace amounts of manganese. California’s San Diego County is an important source of kunzite. All relevant officials in the country’s customs houses were tasked and strictly monitoring the exported and imported goods and will not allow anyone to export or import commodities without legal procedures. Mohammad Nabi Naibi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.