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ANF destroys 403.882 kg confiscated drugs.

ISLAMABAD: Anti Narcotics Force Tuesday

organized a central drug burning ceremony and destroyed 403.882

kg confiscated narcotics.

Pakistan is facing both internal and external threats,

and under such circumstances, drug crime is badly affecting our

society.

Hence, it is mandatory to tackle this menace with iron

hands, Secretary Narcotics Control Division, Capt (R) Arif Nawaz Khan

said this while addressing the ceremony.

ANF Director General Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik,

foreign dignitaries, officials of Law Enforcement Agencies,

high ranking military and civil officials, international partners on drug

control, NGOs, civil society, sports organizations, celebrities,

mediapersons and students from different educational institutions were

present on the occasion.

Arif Nawaz said ANF was rendering extraordinary endeavors

to counter drug trafficking at national and international level

and lauded ANF's achievements and its role as a specialized force

in combating trafficking of illicit drugs at national, regional

and global level.

The Secretary assured his all-out support to ANF for

addressing inadequacies of the force to tackle the menace more

vigorously.

In his welcome address, Major General Musarrat Nawaz

said menace of drugs is one of the most damaging and life

crippling threat for society and ANF is striving for its

absolute elimination to achieve goal of "Drug Free Society."

He apprised that 403.882 kg of narcotics are being

burnt at Islamabad, however, this year ANF burnt a total of

168.148 Metric Tons of drugs worth US $ 673.115 millions

including recent drug burning ceremonies at Peshawar and Quetta.

The DG said ANF is continuously launching "Anti-Drug Drives"

in major cities with special focus on educational institutions.

Presenting a brief account of professional performance

of ANF, he said during 2018, ANF registered 902 cases,

arrested 1077 persons involved in drug trafficking while

seized 4143.96 kg Opium, 1572 kg Morphine, 3481.242 kg

Heroin, 45120.438 kg Hashish, 2.492 kg Cocaine, 1621.349

kg Amphetamine, 45.673 kg Methamphetamine, 1.543 kg

Ecstasy Tablets, 92.37 kg Xanax Tablets, 71.400 kg Pranax

Tablets, 57.027 kg Cannabis, 8 Kg Poppy Straw and Precursor

Chemical comprising 4283 Liter Acetic Anhydride, 3700

Liter Sulfuric Acid, 450 Liter Hydrochloric Acid, 6977

Liter Acetone, 114 Liter Ketamine and 65 Kg Crystals.

Major General Musarrat Nawaz said during year 2018, out

of 898 arrested accused, 830 were given punishments, hence

making 95 per cent successful conviction rate.

Further, this year ANF has frozen assets worth Rs. 39.265

million.

He said in year 2018, ANF has undertaken 331 drug abuse

prevention and awareness raising activities throughout the

country.

Talking about drug treatment facilities, he apprised that

in addition to already established three MATRCs at Islamabad,

Quetta & Karachi, ANF has established a 50 bedded Female &

Juvenile Ward (25 beds for Women & 25 for Children) at

existing MATRC Karachi and a 25 bedded MATRC Sukkur has

also started functioning.

He said ANF has provided free drug treatment

to 914 drug addicts at its Drug Treatment Centers in

year 2018.

He also highlighted the up-gradation of ANF Balochistan

in respect of deployment, intelligence ability, technical

capability and mobility with special focus on Gwadar in

view of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The DG said Pakistan is a poppy free country since

2001 but region produces over 90 per cent of world's opiates

which puts Pakistan in double jeopardy of being a victim

as well as a transit country.

The recent inauguration of China-Pakistan Joint Border

Liaison Office (BLO) at Sost Border is a great achievement

which will help both the countries in countering border

smuggling and sharing of experiences.

Later, he thanked all with determination of making the

country, region, continent and world completely free from

drugs.
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Date:Oct 24, 2018
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