CDA directed to resolve ANF’s land procurement matter

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control on Tuesday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for early resolution of the ANF training academy’s land procurement matter with the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF).Chairman of the committee, Senator Talha Mehmood, while chairing the meeting, directed the CDA to fix the date of the CDA board meeting for making the decision of procurement of the ANF’s land and inform the committee within three days in this regard. He asked that why was the CDA reluctant to give additional land to the government organisation, while on the other hand the authority is responsible for selling several illegal plots in the capital to the individuals. CDA Planning member Wasim Ahmad assured the committee that in the light of the committee’s recommendation, the issue of the ANF’s land would be referred to the CDA board for consideration.Ministry of Narcotics Control Secretary Muhammad Akbar Khan Hoti said that preparation and implementation of the projects and programmes in relation to drug prevention is the top priority of the ministry. He said that the ministry is also working on maintaining liaison with the national and international organisations, connected with research into drug abuse issues for collecting and disseminating research findings and other information. He said that the ministry is also working to provide meaningful assistance for demand reduction activities besides creating a body of resource persons all over the country who can help in national effort in drug abuse prevention and demand reduction.Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Director General Maj Gen Khawar Hameed apprised the committee that the ANF is a unique organisation as it not only deals with interdiction of the narcotics but also carries out demand reduction activities. He said that most of the countries in the world have separate organisations for enforcement measures and for demand reduction. He added that the ANF has planned multi-dimensional activities associated with the use of illegal drugs. He said that the force has seized drugs of worth Rs 8.6 billion during the last one year. He added that the new police station at Naukundi has been established to cover major drug trafficking routes coming from Afghanistan.He said that several activities have been arranged including seminars and workshops, besides training sessions for improving professional capabilities of the ANF staff.The meeting was attended by Senators Col (r) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashadi, Shahi Syed, Muhammad Yousaf, Sardar Ali Khan, Sardar Fateh Muhammad, Muhammad Hasni, and Mukhtiar Ahmad Dhamrah Aajiz. 

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