| KARACHI, Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan Dec 22 Pakistani authorities
have seized heroin worth an estimated $1.6 million hidden on
board a Saudi Arabia-bound aircraft operated by Pakistan
International Airlines (PIA), a customs official said on
The packets of heroin were found in a compartment normally
used for stowing trolleys, said Zahid Khokhar, a senior customs
official based in Karachi where the seizure was made.
"To be exact the seized quantity is 16.7 kg (36.8 lb)
estimated to worth around Rs170 million ($1.62 million)," Khokar
"So far no arrest has been made. Today we will examine the
CCTV footage and interview the people accordingly."
The plane was due to fly to the city of Jeddah.
In August, authorities arrested 12 employees of
cash-strapped PIA following the discovery of six kg of heroin on
board a Dubai-bound plane.
PIA said CEO Bernd Hildenbrand had ordered an investigation
and that action would be taken against anyone found to be
(Writing by Asad Hashim; Editing by Nick Macfie)