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Pakistan, China decide to jointly tackle drug trafficking

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have decided to adopt appropriate joint measures to effectively counter perceived emerging threat of illicit drug trafficking and additional resources to ANF for establishing and deploying dedicated check posts and drug interdiction teams. The drug interdiction teams deployment would be ensured especially its transit and terminal points in Pakistan i.e. Sost (being established) and Gwadar would be supported in all aspects. A Chinese delegation along with representatives from United Nations…

‘Oxymonster’ pleads guilty to ‘dark web’ trafficking charges

MIAMI: A French-Israeli citizen who was arrested while on his way to a beard and moustache competition in Texas pleaded guilty Tuesday to selling drugs online under the alias "OxyMonster." Gal Vallerius, 36, arrived in federal court handcuffed and wearing a tan prison uniform and a matching beige yarmulke, but also smiling and joking with his lawyer. He was joined by a Hebrew interpreter. Vallerius, who once finished eighth in an international facial hair competition in Austria, sported copious red facial hair held…

Top woman cricketer arrested for drug trafficking in Bangladesh

DHAKA: One of Bangladesh's top female cricketers could be jailed for life after being caught with 14,000 methamphetamine pills, police said Sunday. Nazreen Khan Mukta, who plays first-grade cricket in the Dhaka Premier League, was returning from a match in the southeastern city of Cox's Bazar when police stopped and searched the team bus at Chittagong. "During our search, we caught her with 14,000 yaba pills she had kept in packets," local police chief Pronob Chowdhury told a French wire service, using the local name…

Iran parliament softens drug death penalty laws

TEHRAN: Iran's parliament passed a long-awaited amendment to its drug trafficking laws on Sunday, raising the thresholds that can trigger capital punishment and potentially saving the lives of many on death row. The bill must still be approved by the conservative-dominated Guardian Council but gained parliamentary approval after months of debate, according to parliament's website and the ISNA news agency. According to rights group Amnesty International, Iran was one of the top five executioners in the world in 2016,…

Saudi Arabia executes six for drug trafficking, homicide

RIYADH: Six people convicted of drug trafficking and homicide were executed in Saudi Arabia on Monday, the government said, the highest number of executions in a single day this year. A Pakistani citizen was executed for drug trafficking and five Saudi nationals for homicide, the interior ministry said. Monday's executions bring to 44 the number of convicts put to death this year, according to an AFP tally of government statements. Read More|:Saudi executes Pakistani convicted of murder Saudi Arabia has one of the…

PM’s advisor approves formation of committee to curb drug trafficking at airports

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan on Friday approved a Central Operational Committee in order to restrict drugs trafficking and ensure foolproof security at all airports across the country. The committee would be under the supervision of Director General Civil Aviation accompanied by high officials of all concerned departments. It was also decided to seek services of proficient legal experts to ensure efficient prosecution and counter cases of breach at airports. This decision…

Saudi Arabia executes Pakistani convicted of drug trafficking

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed two convicted drug traffickers on Thursday, bringing the number of prisoners killed in the kingdom to 20 so far this year.  The state-run SPA news agency named the two men as Saudi Arabian national Nasser Harshan and Pakistani national Namtallah Khasta Qul. Both were put to death Thursday after being convicted of drug trafficking in the kingdom. SPA said Harshan was a repeat offender found guilty of dealing hashish. Qul was found guilty of dealing heroin. More than 150 people were…