ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday directed the Anti-Narcotics Force to take stringent measures to control smuggling of drugs from across the border into Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The minister told ANF Director General Major General Khawar Hanif that drug use affects the very fabric of the society and that efforts should be made to completely eradicate this menace.
The minister expressed his concern over the possibility of increase in the production of opiates in Afghanistan in post-2014 scenario. He asked the ANF to be mindful of this and take necessary steps to mitigate any effects on Pakistan. He asked the ANF to remain vigilant about the new trends emerging in drugs smuggling and their destinations.
The DG briefed the minister about the steps being taken by the force for prevention, interdiction, seizures, prosecution and drug demand reduction of narcotics in Pakistan. He highlighted the challenges being faced by the ANF in intelligence acquisition, operational capability, dearth of manpower and budgetary constraints including the environmental challenges emanating from drug situation in neighbouring countries.
The minister assured him that ban on recruitment in ANF would soon be lifted and its budgetary constraints would be addressed to help the force in overcoming related operational challenges.
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