Saudi beheads 7th Pakistani on drugs charges in one month

By AFP
Published: November 13, 2014
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The latest case brings to 67 the number of foreigners and Saudis executed for crimes this year, despite international concerns. STOCK IMAGE

The latest case brings to 67 the number of foreigners and Saudis executed for crimes this year, despite international concerns. STOCK IMAGE

RIYADH: A man convicted of smuggling heroin became Thursday the seventh person from Pakistan to be beheaded over the past month in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.

The execution of Niyaz Mohammed Ghulam Mohammed was carried out in Riyadh after he was “tried and found guilty of attempting to smuggle a large amount of heroin,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

The latest case brings to 67 the number of foreigners and Saudis executed for crimes this year, despite international concerns.

The interior ministry says the government is battling narcotics “because of their great harm to individuals and society.”

In September, an independent expert working on behalf of the United Nations called for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty in Saudi Arabia.

Rape, murder, apostasy and armed robbery are also punishable by death under the kingdom’s strict version of Islamic sharia law.

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  • Iqbal
    Nov 13, 2014 - 8:58PM

    Even death penalty for apostasy? How uncivilised.

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  • Farhan
    Nov 13, 2014 - 11:43PM

    So inhuman… Shame on Pakistani regime who is least concerned with the safety of their citizens. Is there nobody to question whether or not victims are actually guilty?

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  • Musafir
    Nov 14, 2014 - 12:00AM

    It is pathetic and barbaric no matter how you justify based on whatever form of legal, social, religious basis. Human Beings who are God’s most precious Creation (that is what ALL major religions proclaims) should not be taken for this kind of a crime, especially knowing that the drug user is someone else and in some place where he is having access to drugs and cares not for his own health or the murder of the delivery man. Death, if it has to be given, should only be given if someone has taken the life/lives of other human beings in a cruel, unjust and culpable manner. There is no place for this kind of punishment in the 21st Century. But it happens, shamefully.

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  • Syed
    Nov 14, 2014 - 12:36AM

    The same punishments should be awarded in Pakistan then we can get rid of these evils.

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  • Azi
    Nov 14, 2014 - 1:03AM

    According to UN, which is 100 times more believable then KSA, these people are tortured into false made confessions, have no right to seek a lawyer, and are most foreigners. Rarely ever do Saudis give their own the same treatment, if anything one of the most shocking case was a Saudi Imam killing his own child then buying his freedom using money out of a death penalty. And people in our and many countries see KSA as a beacon of religion. How naive.

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  • Johnny
    Nov 14, 2014 - 4:04AM

    It has nothing to do with “harm to individuals and society”, and everything to do with control through fear. Savages.

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  • Leela4fun
    Nov 14, 2014 - 4:15AM

    Another point to underscore the ‘peaceful’ ways of the upholders of the religion of peace.

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  • ajeet
    Nov 14, 2014 - 6:03AM

    A master can do what he wants with the slaves.

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  • Vikram
    Nov 14, 2014 - 7:11AM

    Just shows there is a big demand for heroin in Saudi arabia and Pakistanis are biggest exporters of Heroin in Asia. PIA employees have been caught smuggling heroine to Europe and UK.

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  • Haroon
    Nov 14, 2014 - 9:07AM

    Very right practice, people who are condemning this kindly put this situation on you and imagine if you were heading to Saudia then you would take such thing along with you.. this is how society will change and this is how we get rid of such heinous crime

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  • goldconsumer
    Nov 14, 2014 - 9:56AM

    @Vikram:
    Ever heard of a country called Afghanistan? Or the doordarshan calls that country Pakistan? Maybe you need to fizz out that Pakistani hatred a little bit to ease your troubled belly..

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  • Mirza
    Nov 14, 2014 - 10:14AM

    Beheading are regularly practiced by states and non state actors on a regular basis even for non violent crimes. No other country in 21st century practices such barbaric punishments. KSA has no constitution and no protection for poor Pakistanis. Those who blindly support the killings of naive Pakistanis ignore that fact that there are crimes in KSA despite of these barbaric punishments. In fact there are more violent crimes in the countries where there are death penalty than those countries where it is abolished. KSA can do no wrong no matter how brutal they become and how badly they treat us.

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  • Asad Sohail
    Nov 14, 2014 - 12:28PM

    Same article has been published word by word on Dawn.com http://www.dawn.com/news/1144254 , i dont know who wrote it first but this copy-paste culture is not giornalism ….

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  • Jor El
    Nov 14, 2014 - 12:52PM

    @goldconsumer: u watch doordarshan ??? Rather, u still watch doordarshan ??? :o

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  • girlnextdoor
    Nov 15, 2014 - 4:16PM

    Beheading is barbaric and burning alive by mob is not.

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