RIYADH : Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a Pakistani for heroin smuggling, the Interior Ministry said. Muhammad Ghafour Hashim Khan was convicted of smuggling “a large amount” of heroin into the country, the Ministry said in a statement published by the official Saudi Arabian Press Agency. The sentence was carried out in Eastern province. Khan’s case brings to 83 the number of foreigners and Saudis executed in the Kingdom this year, including 11 Pakistanis since October, according to an AFP tally.

In addition to amphetamines and other drugs, authorities seized almost 18 kilogrammes (40 pounds) of raw heroin during the calendar year that ended in October, the Interior Ministry has said.