ANF claims to apprehend gang involved in PIA drugs smuggling  


Rawalpindi, June 23 (TNS): Director General Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Major General Mussarat Nawaz Malik on Friday claimed to apprehend gang involved in smuggling of drugs abroad through Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircrafts.

In a press conference, DG, ANF said that the force rounded up total 14 suspects, 5 from Karachi and 9 from Rawalpindi.

The suspects also included former personnel of Airport Security Force (ASF) and PIA employees, DG Nawaz added.

The suspects stashed heroine and other drugs in hidden chambers of PIA planes and smuggle it abroad.

Major General Mussarat Nawaz said PIA drug incidents have given bad name to the country and ANF would utilize all resources to stop such incidents in future.

He said after Heathrow airport incident, 750 flights have been checked by ANF.

Earlier, Major General Mussarat Nawaz Malik Friday called on Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and briefed him about the investigations made so far in PIA drug smuggling case.

The interior minister said smuggling of drugs through national airline caused a dent on national dignity and image abroad, underlining the need for immediate ending of the heinous business of drug smuggling.

The DG informed that based on information surfaced during investigation of the case, majority of the involved persons had been arrested.

Nisar directed to follow the drug smuggling case in an effective way so that this case should be made as a test case.