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ANF foils bids to smuggle Rs8.35m drugs abroad

ANF foils bids to smuggle Rs8.35m drugs abroad

ISLAMABAD: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), in its drive against drug smuggling, has conducted five operations in various cities and recovered 7.2kg charas, 370gram amphetamine, heroin-filled capsules, 23 bottles of liquor worth Rs8.35 million and arrested six suspected drug traffickers.

According to details, an ANF Rawalpindi team during road checking at Chungi No 26, GT Road, apprehended an accused Muhammad Mumtaz r/o Khushab and recovered 370gram amphetamine from his trolley bag. The drug was to be handed over to his accomplice namely Zeeshan r/o Khushab for smuggling to Saudi Arabia. After initial investigations, ANF also arrested Zeeshan with ingested heroin-filled capsules at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad. He was to fly for Jeddah by Shaheen International Airline Flight No NL-715.

Another ANF team, during routine profiling at Benazir International Airport, Islamabad, detained a passenger Akhtar Amin r/o Buner on suspicion of carrying heroin-filled capsules. During initial interrogation, the accused confessed of having ingested the capsules. He intended to board for Dubai by Shaheen Airline Flight No. NL-221. Later on, the accused was admitted in Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi for recovery of the capsules.

ANF Peshawar recovered 7.2kg charas from Niaz Ali Shah r/o Charsadah. He was arrested near Kalaya Filling Station, Hangu Road, Kohat while travelling in a passenger van. As per initial investigation, he was transporting the drug from Orakzai Agency to Charsadah.

Meanwhile, ANF Karachi airport team arrested a passenger Khalique-ul-Zaman r/o District Nawab Shah at International Arrival lounge, Jinnah International Airport and recovered 11 bottles of liquor and 12 beer tins concealed in his luggage. The accused arrived at Karachi from Sharjah by Air Arabia Airline Flight No. G9-549. The accused was handed over to Pakistan Customs after fulfilling necessary formalities.

Another ANF Karachi team, during routine checking at Jinnah International Airport, intercepted a passenger namely Muhammad Shuaib Shahzad r/o Toba Tek Singh who confessed of having ingested heroin-filled capsules. He intended to take off for Dubai by PIA Flight No PK-213.

All cases have been registered at the ANF police stations and further investigations are under progress.