Nia: NIA files chargesheet against 13 Pakistanis for smuggling weapons, drugs to fund terrorism in India | India News

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a chargesheet against 13 Pakistani nationals, of which 10 were arrested last year, in a case relating to conspiracy to smuggle weapons and contraband drugs from Pakistan via Gujarat coast to fund terrorist activities in India.
Ten Pakistani nationals — Kadarbaksh Umetan Baloch, Amanullah Musa Baloch, Ismail Sabzal Baloch, Allahbaksh Hatar Baloch, Goharbaksh Dilmurad Baloch, Ammal Phullan Baloch, Gul Mohammad Hatar Baloch, Andam Ali BoherBaloch, Abdulgani Jungiyan Baloch and Abdulhakim Dilmurad Baloch — were arrested in December last year following the seizure of fishing boat carrying 40 kg of drugs (heroin), six foreign-made pistols, six magazines and 120 9mm live cartridges, along with documents, Pakistani identity cards, mobile phones and Pakistani currency, on Okha coast.
The remaining three chargesheeted accused Pakistanis — identified as Hazi Salim, Akbar and Karim Baksh — are absconding.
The joint operation to intercept the boat was conducted by Gujarat police’s anti-terrorist squad and Coast Guard, based on credible inputs that one Pakistan-based drug mafia man, namely Hazi Salim, was trying to smuggle huge consignments of contraband drugs and illegal weapons through Okha shore from Pakistan. The ATS was tipped off that the said consignment would be reaching the Indian waters on December 27 and 28, 2022, near Okha Jetty through a fishing boat named “Al-Soheli”. The boat was intercepted and seized by Okha Coast Guard upon arrival.
As per NIA investigations, the consignment of sophisticated/imported weapons was being smuggled into India by the 10 arrested accused, in connivance with Hazi Salim, Akbar and Karim Baksh, for delivery to India-based absconding accused Harun. Harun had hatched the conspiracy to illegally smuggle the consignment of weapons and contraband from Pakistan to India to provide funds to terrorist outfits and gangs operating in Punjab and North India.
Considering the national security ramifications and the international linkages of the case, the Union home ministry had transferred the case to NIA on March 6, 2023.
This was the first case registered after the establishment of Ahmedabad Branch Office of NIA.

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