4 PIA Loaders Arrested Over Theft of Jewelry from Passenger’s Luggage

Four members of the Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) cargo handling staff have been arrested for allegedly stealing gold ornaments from a passenger’s luggage.

4 PIA Loaders Arrested Over Theft of Jewelry from Passenger’s Luggage
4 PIA Loaders Arrested Over Theft of Jewelry from Passenger’s Luggage

The stolen jewelry has been recovered from their possession, according to a PIA spokesperson.

The arrested staffers, who have been working as loaders on a daily wage, had stolen jewelry from the luggage of the passenger who travelled to Toronto from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore via the airline’s July 19 flight.

During interrogation, they confessed to having committed the crime. The spokesperson said the PIA administration has written to the employees’ contractor to have them sacked them their service.

Last year in Nov, the PIA had handed over five of its employees to police over their alleged involvement in stealing valuable items from a passenger’s luggage.

A woman passenger of PIA flight, PK-356, from Karachi to Peshawar had registered a complaint that her gold jewelry, cash and other valuable items were missing from her luggage. The national flag carrier’s security and vigilance teams took swift action over the complaint

and after a comprehensive investigation found the five suspects guilty of stealing.

Yet in another development case, The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Intelligence Wing on Wednesday recovered contraband items worth millions of rupees in Karachi and arrested an accused.

Sources privy to the development said that raid was carried out at a water geyser and tandoor warehouse in Karachi’s area of Clifton.

The contraband items were to be exported to Qatar after concealing them into a water geyser, when the ANF team raided at the warehouse and arrested an accused named Mushtaq. The recovered contraband items are said to be worth millions of rupees in the international market.

Earlier on January 22, A team of Anti-Narcotics Force seized 142kg of narcotics from two vehicles at GT Road.

As per details, the ANG intelligence wing thwarted a bid to smuggle 58 kg of hashish and 84 kg opium in raids at two vehicles at the GT Road.

Anti-Narcotics Force spokesperson said the smugglers fled away from the scene, however, the vehicles and the narcotics were seized by the team.

The narcotics were being smuggled to Punjab from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said the Anti-Narcotics Force spokesperson.