ISLAMABAD: Special Vigilance Team (SVT) here on Monday recovered 20 Kgs of heroin from flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) bound for London.
“Further investigations are underway,” PIA’s news release while confirming the narcotic haul said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan immediately ordered an enquiry into the matter with the direction that those behind this incident should be brought to book.
Additional Inspector General of Police Punjab Hussain Asghar has been appointed the head of the enquiry team with a mendate to unearth the entire network of smuggling mafia involved in such acts.
The details into the recovery of narcotics from the PIA flight revealed that PIA had already directed to check the smuggling of narcotics through a newly formed Central Operational Committee (COC).
In the light of the directions by newly formed COC, PIA had been carrying out physical search of almost all the flights operating on the international routes.
On Monday the SVT comprising officials of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and Security Staff of PIA carried out physical search of Flight PK-785 bound for London and recovered 20 Kgs of heroin.
Subsequent thorough search of the aircraft – the flight was cleared to take off from Benazir Bhutto airport for London.
The flight was allowed to take off about two hours behind schedule, PIA news release added.—APP