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Friday, November 02, 2012
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Rawalpindi

 

Khadija Shah, a British woman, along with her newborn, appeared before the Special Narcotics Court (SNC) here on Thursday.

 

The court adjourned hearing in the drug smuggling case till November 12 due to the absence of the judge.

 

Special Narcotics Court Judge Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal was transferred on October 17.

 

Khadija Shah was arrested in May this year at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, after recovery of heroin, worth £3.2 million, from her suitcases.

 

Khadija Shah, 25, has been held in custody with her daughter, aged four, and her five-year-old son. In her statement, she had said that she had been on holiday in Pakistan with relatives and had no idea what was in the suitcases.

 

If Khadija Shah is convicted, she could face the death penalty. Khadija Shah, who has not been formally charged, said some men asked her to take the bags to the UK as a favour. She was accused of trying

 

to smuggle 63 kilograms

 

of heroin.