Pregnant Briton caught smuggling 3.2 million pounds of heroin from Pak
Islamabad, May 7 (ANI): A pregnant British woman was caught trying to smuggle heroin worth 3.2 million pounds from Pakistan to the UK, the punishment for which could result in her receiving the death penalty.
Khadija Shah, 25, who was visiting relatives in the country, was attempting to return to Birmingham with her two children when she was arrested by police officers at Islamabad airport, who uncovered 60 kilograms of the drug concealed inside clothes, in three suitcases, reports the Daily Mail.
Shah claimed some men had approached her, asking if she could do them a favour by taking their luggage back to the UK for them. Authorities in Islamabad suspect the men were gangsters.
"Shah had been acting suspiciously at the airport. Her movements compelled us to check the luggage properly. The three bags were apparently filled with household goods and clothes. When properly checked, contraband was recovered," said senior officials in Islamabad.
Shah, who had later moved to a guest house, said, "This morning when I was coming out of the guest house to leave for the airport, someone came to the guest house and requested me to carry his bags along with me and hand them over to his relative in Birmingham. I had no idea what was inside.'
Under Pakistani law, anyone arrested with drugs weighing more than 10 kilograms, faces at least life imprisonment and at most the death penalty.
Shah's boyfriend Amar Ali, who plans to travel to Pakistan to pick up Shah's children, said she 'stupidly' agreed to take the bags despite him asking her not to.
"I spoke to her on the phone. I told her not to do that. I told her to trust no one," Ali said.
Speaking to Ali while in custody in Islamabad, Shah claimed she had been beaten up by police and feared for the safety of her children.
The haul is believed to be the biggest of the Class A drug ever recovered at Islamabad airport destined for the streets of Britain. (ANI)
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