RIYADH : Saudi authorities beheaded Tuesday two Pakistanis for drug smuggling in the kingdom’s first executions of the year, the interior ministry said. Abrar Hussein Nizar Hussein was executed in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after being convicted of trying to smuggle in heroin hidden in his stomach. Zahid Khan Barkat was beheaded in Qatif, in Eastern Province, over a similar charge. Last year, Saudi Arabia executed 78 people, according to an AFP count. In 2012, Saudi Arabia carried out 76 executions, according to a tally based on official figures. Rights group Amnesty International put 2012’s figure at 79.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 16-Jan-2014 here.