RAWALPINDI - The Airport Security Force (ASF) nabbed a British national of Pakistani origin at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Tuesday midnight after recovering arms and ammunition from his luggage.

The recovered arms and ammunition included a 222-bore riffle with 25 rounds, 30-bore pistol and 111 bullets. As per ASF officials, Muhammad Raffique, hails from Azad Kashmir, arrived at BBIA along with his family members to go to UK via Dubai in Emirates Airlines PK-615 at 01:45 a.m. However, during frisking his luggage, ASF officials recovered a 222-bore gun with 25 rounds, a 30-bore pistol and 111 bullets. The ASF, then, handed over the accused to Police Station (PS) Airport for further investigation while allowed the rest of the family members to fly to UK.

According to police sources, Muhammad Raffique told police during preliminary interrogation that he has been settled in UK for the last 16 years and was in Pakistan to attend a marriage ceremony of one of his relatives that took place in Kotli Sattian, Azad Kashmir. He informed the investigators that some body put the arms and ammunition into his luggage by mistake after resorting to aerial firing in the marriage ceremony. “I have not done this mistake intentionally,” Raffique told police. Nonetheless, police produced the accused before the court of Civil Judge Muhammad Islam Chaudhry and requested to obtain physical remand for further investigation. The judge, however, rejected the police plea and released the accused. The court also ordered the accused to submit surety bonds worth Rs 50,000 in the court.