Rawalpindi: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) thwarted bids to smuggle heroin abroad by arresting two passengers at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport, informed sources yesterday. According to sources, a team of ANF searched the luggage of Muharram Ali son of Muhammad Ashraf (bearing passport number EZ1817071) of Lahore, and recovered 3-kg heroin that was concealed tactfully. The passenger, who was travelling from Islamabad to Saudi Arabia via Qatar by flight number QR-631, was shifted to ANF police station where a case was registered against him, sources said. Similarly, another passenger namely Muhammad Zaheer, a resident of Khushab, was held by ANF at Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport and recovered 300 grams ice heroin from his possession.

The accused was trying to go to Saudi Arabia from Islamabad by Oman Airways flight number WY-346 when his suspicious movements caught attention of the ANF, sources added. He was taken to ANF counter where during questioning he confessed having ice heroin in his luggage. A case was registered against the smuggler while further investigation is under way, sources informed. Meanwhile, Rawalpindi police along with other law-enforcement agencies conducted a joint search operation in slums near Burma Shell area, said a police spokesman yesterday. The search operation was carried out on the directions of City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi. According to police spokesman, the law enforcers checked 103 houses and questioned and collected data of 295 persons residing there. However, no arrest was made during the operation, he informed.

The police spokesman said that search operation would continue and sensitive areas would be investigated. He also appealed to citizens to remain vigilant and inform police of any suspicious activity in their area. On the other hand, an official of a security department revealed to The Nation that intelligence agencies along with police have been combing all the areas in the district on daily basis to arrest the suspects and terrorists. He disclosed that police are showing sheer negligence in collecting the information of tenants residing in rented houses as per Punjab Information of Temporary Residence Ordinance 2015 which is allegedly denting the efforts of law-enforcement agencies to tackle the menace of terrorism.