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The BBC's Haroon Rashid in Quetta
Police say the mummy is quite valuable
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Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Pakistan murder linked to mummy
Map showing Karachi and Quetta
By Susannah Price in Islamabad

Police in Pakistan are investigating the murder of a man in Karachi which has been linked to the discovery of an ancient mummified body.

Investigations into the origin of the mummy, which was discovered hidden in the Pakistani town of Quetta, are still continuing.

It is thought it may originally be from Egypt, but appears to have arrived in Pakistan via Iran and Afghanistan.

Tutankhamun's mask
Tutankhamun's mask: The mummy is thought to come from Egypt
A leading archaeologist is due to examine the mummy later this week.

He said it could be more than 2,000 years old.

Meanwhile, police are still investigating the murder of one of the dealers who are apparently involved in trying to sell the mummified body in Karachi.

After the murder, the mummy was hastily sent to Quetta to be hidden, but was discovered in a house by police.

There are suggestions the gang could be part of a wider crime ring.

Illegal market

Experts say Pakistan is becoming increasingly popular for those seeking a market for illegal antiques.

For many years, dealers have smuggled out artefacts from Pakistan as well as neighbouring Afghanistan.

Experts say the price of such artefacts has increased tremendously, and they are sometimes taken out of the country with the connivance of local authorities.

It is a tremendous problem, said one concerned archaeologist; the law is there, but the problem is trying to enforce it.

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