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Pakistani national arrested in Colombo for drug trafficking

ANI  |  Colombo [Sri Lanka] 

A Pakistani national, Tanveer Iqbal (36), was arrested recently at the Bhandaranayake International Airport in Colombo for possession of one kilogram of heroin.

Hailing from Kotli in ocuppied Kashmir (PoK), he was arrested after having arrived at Colombo airport from on an Emirates flight.

This is not the first time that Pakistani nationals have been detained at Colombo airport on charges of smuggling This year itself, there have been at least two instances when Pakistani nationals were arrested for trying to sneak heroin into the country.

In January, a 46-year old Pakistani national was detained with 2.1 kg heroin, while in April another Pakistani was arrested for possessing 1.2 kgs of the same drug.

As per statistics published by the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB), between the years 2010 and 2014, 129 foreigners have been arrested in on drug trafficking charges. 47 of them were Pakistanis.

In 2016, at least 16 Pakistanis were arrested on drug trafficking charges.

Based on established connections between drug trafficking and terrorism, most of the heroin brought into the country originate from the Af-Pak region and is used as a transit point for smuggling the drugs to its final destination- European and U.S. markets.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 09:05 IST