ISLAMABAD: A total of 62 Pakistanis had been executed in Saudi Arabia on charges of drug smuggling in the last five years, the foreign ministry said in a written reply, put up by Senator Mohsin Aziz.
The ministry said 17 Pakistan had been executed in 2018; 13 Pakistanis were hanged in Saudi Arabia on drug smuggling charges in 2017; followed by 5 Pakistanis in 2016; 14 in 2015 and 12 Pakistanis were executed in Saudi Arabia on drug smuggling charges in 2014.
As many as 1,764 Pakistanis have been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia on charges of drug trafficking, which is 47 per cent of the total Pakistani prisoners in the Kingdom.
A coordination office was working in the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad for formal liaison with anti-narcotics authorities. Moreover, a memorandum of understanding on controlling illicit drug trafficking and psychotropic substances is also under consideration between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for the control of drug trafficking.