RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ A Pakistani man was beheaded Friday for smuggling heroin into Saudi Arabia, the Interior Ministry announced.

Shakerallah Seif al-Rahman Agoun Khan was the latest of several Pakistanis to be executed for heroin smuggling in recent weeks.

Nearly 50 men, mostly Pakistanis, have been executed for drug smuggling since the mid-1980s. Pakistanis form a large segment of the foreign labor force in Saudi Arabia, along with other Asians from the subcontinent.

Saudi Arabia is governed by Islamic law, which prescribes beheading for criminals. Beheadings are carried out in public squares outside mosques after Friday prayers.