Saudi authorities on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani man convicted of smuggling drugs into the country, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said Sujad Ahmed Mumtaz Khan was arrested while trying to smuggle heroin into the kingdom. He was executed in the al-Dawademi province that belongs to the Riyadh region. Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam under which people convicted of murder, drug trafficking, rape and armed robbery can be executed. Thursday's execution brought to 78 the number of people, including two women, beheaded in the kingdom this year. Saudi executions are performed with a sword and in public as a deterrent. The kingdom beheaded 38 people last year and 83 people in 2005.