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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia executed a Pakistani national on Thursday for smuggling drugs, taking to 86 the number of people the kingdom has put to death this year.

Shah Zaman Khan Sayyed had been found guilty of attempting to smuggle heroin and amphetamines into the kingdom, the Saudi interior ministry said.

The sentence was carried out in the Riyadh region.

Most people put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword. The executions so far this year include 47 for “terrorism” carried out in a single day on January 2.

Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia had the third highest number of executions last year, at least 158.

That was far behind Pakistan, which put to death 326 people, and Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran, which executed at least 977, said Amnesty, whose figures exclude secretive China.

The kingdom's latest execution occurred just hours before US President Barack Obama arrived on an official visit.

The British human rights organisation Reprieve urged Obama to raise the case of three young men on death row who were minors at the time of their arrests.

Among them is Ali al-Nimr, nephew of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was among the 47 people executed in January.

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Indian Analyst Apr 21, 2016 10:07pm

Iran/Saudis/Pak and the unknown China. All bhai-bhais.

Ali jee Apr 21, 2016 10:48pm

Not good but why put people on drugs and make them suffer?

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2016 11:18pm

It is surprising that despite such horrible punishment of beheading for smuggling drugs, still people take the chance and do it without fear!

ash Apr 22, 2016 01:47am

what if he was framed? it does happen.

patriot Apr 22, 2016 02:07am

We are in 21st century, they need to stop chopping heads.

FYi Apr 22, 2016 03:09am

if trafficker ... why not consumers ? not a single.

Ayoub Alam Apr 22, 2016 03:53am

Most of these criminals are actually Afghan nationals travelling on Pakistani passports bringing bad name to Pakistan.

Zulfikr Ali Khan(ZAK) Apr 22, 2016 05:03am

They killing a lot of our citizens.