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British couple Mohammed Tahir Nahim Ayaz and Ikra Hussain could face the death penalty in Pakistan if found guilty of attempting to smuggle heroin into the UK via Dubai. Courtesy: Ben Lack

British couple could face death penalty caught ‘trying to smuggle £2m heroin to UK’

The British couple attempted to smuggle £2 million worth of heroin out of Pakistan into the UK.


Mohammed Tahir Ayaz, 26, and his wife Ikra Hussain, 20, from Huddersfield, West Yorks, were arrested by Pakistani authorities at Sialkot International Airport while trying to fly to the UK via Dubai on Thursday.

The couple were trying to travel to the UK via Dubai when they were stopped with 24 kilos of heroin in their luggage.

The drugs was said to have been sewn into female clothes and was picked up during the security scanning process.

They have now been handed over to the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Force for further investigation.

The laws are very strict on drug smuggling in Pakistan, and can give the death penalty or life behind bars if found guilty.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said they were urgently seeking more information from the Pakistani authorities.


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