Pakistan: Airline staff arrested for heroin smuggling.

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Wednesday apprehended a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) official for his alleged involvement in smuggling heroin on various flights.

According to initial reports, ANF arrested Iqbal Ghurki in Lahore for stashing away bags of heroin in several flights of the national flag carrier. Authorities at PIA were also informed about the arrest.

“Heroin was being smuggled on PIA flights with the help of one of its employees Iqbal Ghurki,” ANF officials said. However, PIA spokesperson Daniyal Gilani did not directly address the arrest, saying some PIA officials had been handed over to agencies for investigation.

“After recent incidents of attempted drug smuggling in PIA aircraft, the security and vigilance department of the airline carried out an in-house exercise to scrutinise the conduct of its staff members. In view of the findings several employees have been shuffled from their places of posting while few have been handed over to agencies for formal investigation,” he said.

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Source: Pakistan Today

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