ANF, Pakistan Customs seize drugs from PIA flight

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Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and Pakistan Customs have recovered Narcotics drugs from a PIA flight preparing to depart for Saudi Arabia’s Dammam from the Karachi airport.

According to the details, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and Pakistan Customs in search operation have recovered the drugs from the Boeing 777 aircraft, which was being used to operate the flight PK9245 Karachi-Dammam.

The search operation of Boeing 777 aircraft was continued for three hour. When a three-hour search did not yield anything, the officials had to call in a special squad of sniffer dogs. The special squad of sniffer dogs was able to find drugs concealed in a lavatory of the aircraft.

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According to Aviation website history of PIA says the aircraft involved in the incident carried registration number AP-BGJ. It was was inactive at Karachi Airport for some days before returning to duty on September 20 to perform flight PK9245, the website said.

The CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik has said that the authority will take strict action those who found involved in the drug smuggling attempt.

Saudi Arabia applies strict punishments for drugs smuggling. Around 43% of the people executed in 2015 had been convicted of smuggling drugs.

After the search operation, flight PK9245 was able to depart for Dammam, albeit with a delay.