Heroin found on PIA flight to London

Published: May 16, 2017
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PIA spokesperson says 14 crew members were released after being detained for nearly 2 hours. PHOTO: EXPRESS / FILE

PIA spokesperson says 14 crew members were released after being detained for nearly 2 hours. PHOTO: EXPRESS / FILE

British authorities confirmed on Tuesday that heroin were recovered from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight at Heathrow airport.

Passports of the crew members of the flight were also confiscated.

The National Crime Agency of Britain was investigating the matter relating to the recovery of narcotics from Islamabad to London flight PK-785 by the border security personnel, BBC Urdu reported.

No arrest had been made in the case while further investigation was underway, the report added.

Earlier, PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar confirmed the flight, which arrived at 2:50pm in London, was thoroughly searched for over two hours after landing.

Fighter jets escort PIA plane to UK airport over ‘security threat’

Upon landing, as passengers disembarked, the flight crew and aircraft were searched by authorities, the spokesperson said and added that 14 crew members were released after being detained for nearly two hours.

Tajwar claimed that nothing was found on the plane during investigation, saying they plan to take up the case with the authorities concerned.

Interestingly, narcotics was recovered from the same Boeing-777 plane earlier also during a repair work.

In February, a Heathrow-bound PIA aircraft was intercepted and escorted by fighter jets to Stansted Airport in northeast London because of a “vague security threat”. Later, a suspect was arrested and charged with fraud and misrepresentation by Met Police.

Khalid Baqa, the 52-year-old suspect was previously jailed for two years in 2012, after being charged with three counts of possession of terrorist material and one count of dissemination of terrorist material.

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  • scotchpak
    May 16, 2017 - 3:54PM

    you know uk security – all dressed up and nothing to doRecommend

  • Aware Citizen
    May 18, 2017 - 12:18AM

    Now again JIT will be formed and its outcomes will never ever come! JIT means in Pakistan jusitce in trouble !Recommend

  • Shahid Jamal
    May 23, 2017 - 4:20AM

    The Ultimate aim is to create bad name for National Airliner. When PML N govt appoints a person as chairman of PI A which is basically rival of PIA than same thing will happen again Why dont PM sack him….but they dont…Recommend

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