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The South Asian Insider

Destination India? Drone with 10 kg of Afghan heroin seized in Lahore

The Anti-Narcotics Force of Pakistan recovered a drone, along with 10 kg of drugs, in Lahore. The heroin was from Afghanistan and would likely have been smuggled to India.

(News Agency) -A drone along with 10 kg of heroin was recovered from a smuggler in Pakistan's Lahore on Tuesday. The drone was recovered from the smuggler's vehicle, and a packet of heroin weighing 1 kg was attached to it, according to a Waqtnews report.
The remaining 9 kg of heroin was in the vehicle in separate packets.
Taking to X (formerly Twitter), senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir shared a photo of the drone recovered by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF). "Sources disclosed that this heroin came from Afghanistan and its ultimate destination was India," Hamid Mir said.
The image shows packets of drugs recovered by the Anti-Narcotics Force in Lahore.This follows just a month after a drone carrying six kilogrammes of heroin crashed in Lahore. The area where the drone was found was close to the India-Pakistan border.
Notably, India has consistently raised concerns regarding the illicit trafficking of narcotics and weaponry from its neighboring country, Pakistan.
In May last year, India Today reported insights obtained from intelligence sources, revealing Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had established drone facilities with the intent of smuggling arms and drugs into India.
Sources in the Border Security Force (BSF) had indicated that they had received intelligence reports indicating an increase in drone activities at several Pakistani border outposts across the IB from Ferozepur and Amritsar.
"Pakistan is using 'dummy drones' for weapons, drugs and explosives. Across the border near Khemkaran, smugglers fly drones with the help of Pak Rangers," the sources had mentioned.
The BSF successfully intercepted and brought down a total of 22 drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that had infiltrated from Pakistan during the past year. These incidents all occurred along the International Border (IB) in Punjab.