ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Abbasi announced on Wednesday to form a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crew members alleged of heroin smuggling.
PM’s adviser slammed British authorities for detaining PIA crew and confiscating their passports. He claimed heroin recovery from PIA aircraft remains unverified.
Sardar Mehtab Abbasi directed the Pakistan High Commissioner to raise the issue. “It’s a matter of national dignity and we will not let it go like in the past,” he added.
While discussing the matter, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Aviation said Pakistan can take help from foreign security agencies in this regard. He also affirmed to punish criminals who used the national airline for personal gains.
PIA officials were briefly detained at London’s Heathrow Airport before being told not to leave their hotel as a certain amount of heroin was recovered from the airplane.
British authorities had confiscated passports of several PIA crew members. National Crime Agency (NCA) had claimed that some of the officials were involved in heroin smuggling.