Another Pakistani beheaded in Saudi for smuggling heroin

Published: October 24, 2014
Butha Mushtaq was the third Pakistan executed on drug charges in Saudi Arabia since October 15. PHOTO: STOCK IMAGE

Butha Mushtaq was the third Pakistan executed on drug charges in Saudi Arabia since October 15. PHOTO: STOCK IMAGE

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a Pakistani man who had been convicted of smuggling heroin into the kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Butha Mushtaq was the third Pakistani to be executed on drug charges in Saudi Arabia since October 15.

He was found guilty of smuggling heroin concealed in capsules which he had swallowed. He was executed in the capital Riyadh, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

His execution brings to 59 the number of people beheaded in Saudi Arabia this year.

Last year, 78 people of various nationalities were executed in the Arab state.

In September, a United Nations independent expert called for moratorium on the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, which has faced harsh criticism from human rights group for carrying out executions.

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  • Stranger
    Oct 24, 2014 - 10:08PM

    Uski atman ko shanti mile . The poor man is obviously driven by circumstances .


  • Paki-Indi-Musafir
    Oct 24, 2014 - 10:22PM

    Islamic Justice! I hope I never in my life step foot in Saudi Arabia. I empathize and pray for people who have to go to SA.


  • SK
    Oct 24, 2014 - 10:36PM

    throw these damned Afghan nationals out back to their country and also execute those govt. officials who help them in getting Pak passport, most of Pak beheadings in Saudi will vanish


  • usama
    Oct 24, 2014 - 10:58PM

    Such shame on KSA


  • Jamil
    Oct 24, 2014 - 11:16PM

    We have more than nine thousand convicted murderers who are enjoying prison facilities on tax payers money. Does the Government have any plan to do anything about these folks? If the plan is to do nothing then just let them go and hope that they will behave like gentlemen.


  • DNiwasi
    Oct 24, 2014 - 11:31PM

    So many Pakistanis in 5-7 days alone !!!! When they know the punishment for drug trafficking, why do they take drugs into Saudi Arabia? That means physical punishments are not working as a deterrant. Or are these false charges meant to bolster the minimum numbers to be executed every year/ month in the Kingdom to give people the feel that a Kingvrules. It seems that the poor laboreres are the ones who become the victims. I fibdcitbhard to imagine that they will indulge in Heroin when they are coming here for work to be to support their families.?


  • Ali
    Oct 24, 2014 - 11:38PM

    Good this is the reason crime rates in saudia arabia is low. We need to learn alot from saudia arabia.


  • shahid
    Oct 24, 2014 - 11:38PM

    If we follow saudi Arabia in everything how come Pakistan has stopped Hanging Criminals?. Also it is interesting that no country will condemn beheading in Saudi Arabia but eveybody is ready to condemn pakistan or put sanctions if Pakistan wants to use Capital punishment. Very interesting and height of double standards.


  • Roni
    Oct 25, 2014 - 12:18AM

    Saudis are beheading more Muslims for non violent crimes than ISIS. In this day and age these primitive and barbaric punishments are being practiced by those having no basic human rights and human dignity.


  • Noor
    Oct 25, 2014 - 12:55AM

    Who are these people defaming Pakistan? Please ET provide some information about the culprits. Where in Pakistan do they belong? Why do they land in Saudia so easily without being caught in Pakistan?


  • Azi
    Oct 25, 2014 - 1:31AM

    Question: These drug traffics heading to SA specifically is for some Saudis right? Where are the executions of the importers? I am 100% sure they are pardoned just because of their nationality. And lets not forget the fact that many of these confessions are falsely made out of torture. Pakistan and every other country should break all relations with SA. Its barbarism a stain on the world and humanity.


  • Hammad Mian
    Oct 25, 2014 - 1:47AM

    No Mercy for criminals. We want crime free society in Pakistan as well.


  • Nazir
    Oct 25, 2014 - 1:48AM

    The Saudis are not doing justice. The culprits doesn’t have access to defense lawyer and face lot of language problem. This is unjust and against humanity. Had this been done by anyone else other than Saudi, Human Rights must have revolted against them by now after slaughtering of thousands of innocents.


  • A
    Oct 25, 2014 - 1:50AM

    Shame on Nawaz Shariff who doesn’t have the courage to speak a word for countrymen who are facing barbaric death penalties at the hands of Saudis almost every week.


  • Farhan
    Oct 25, 2014 - 1:51AM

    Saudis are not humans. For them Pakistanis are just inferior nation.


  • AM
    Oct 25, 2014 - 1:58AM

    Drugs should be legal! Stupids will do drugs no matter how illegal you make those and smart ones will never do even if those are next to them. There is a lot and lot and lot of money in illegal drug trade and that is why those involved in it will never let these become legal. And those are not the ones who get executed but those who execute them!


  • Jat
    Oct 25, 2014 - 2:11AM

    Saudi Arabia, please speed up this project…


  • Washik Akram
    Oct 25, 2014 - 4:28AM

    Pakistan is a liability to the whole world. I hope pakistani intellectual friend and gentleman will wake up and give a lesson to the Islamic preacher who are often retrogressive. Unless the root cause is addressed these lip service of dharna, jihad will not work. Pakistani citizen has already been relegated to a substandard human being abroad and inside pakistan too. One a lighter note Inshallah


  • Mirza
    Oct 25, 2014 - 5:58AM

    The pioneers of beheading that are still going on even for non violent crimes and mostly Pakistanis are its victims. However, these are brotherly beheading. What are a few heads chopped off between brothers?


    Oct 25, 2014 - 8:02AM

    Why not send them to the Kingdom? And don’t forget some of the Parliamentarians.


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