The National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP) foiled an attempt to smuggle 10kg of opium and arrested two suspected traffickers on the Motorway (M-1) near Burhan on Wednesday.
According to a press release issued by NHMP on Monday, a police patrolling squad was informed by Peshawar Customs Inspector Maqboolur Rehman that a suspicious white Daihatsu Charade (W-2603) was heading to Islamabad.
The NHMP increased patrolling and attempted to stop the car near Burhan. However, the driver of the car did not stop and sped away when the police party signalled for them to stop.
The police party chased down the car and recovered 10 packets of opium from hidden compartments in the car. The police arrested Naseerullah and Attaullah, both residents of Peshawar.
The two immediately confessed that they trying to smuggle the opium from Peshawar to Lahore.
Meanwhile, another police party caught a gang of criminals on the Motorway (M-2) near Sial Mor and recovered a walkie-talkie set, a 30-bore pistol with 18 bullets, three magazines, one bottle of imported liquor and different types of mobile phones from their possession.
During routine patrolling, the police saw a speeding Toyota Corolla (LWE-3501) with a blue police light. The NHMP officers signalled for the driver to stop, but were ignored.
The police chased down the car and took the occupants into custody. The nabbed men include Muhammad Akhtar, Shahzad, Farrukh Saleem, Yaqoob Masih and Parvez Masih, all from Faisalabad. They were later were handed over to the local police for further investigation.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.