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Internationally collaborated operation under ANF supervision to continue till Feb 28.

RAWALPINDI -- Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Pakistan, being premier drug law enforcement agency, is leading internationally collaborated operation substitute to identify the illicit trafficking of precursor chemical which will continue till February 28.

According to ANF spokesman, the operation substitute is a regional time bound activity which focuses on identification and interception of shipments of 'Acetic Anhydride' as well as 'Non Controlled Chemicals'. Second phase of the operation is being undertaken in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with the international support. The operation launched to identify and intercept smuggled consignments of chemical precursor to comprehend the domestic movements of chemical precursor in better way and to create risk profiles relating to trafficking of precursor chemical. International support is being provided through International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Secretariat and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The operation focuses on identification, monitoring and seizure of consignments of all illicit precursor chemicals especially Acetic Anhydride, Acetyl Chloride, Acetic Acid and Ammonium Chloride, being transported to Afghanistan. Arena of the operation includes boundaries of Pakistan wherein emphasis will be laid on border crossings, major roads, seaports, airports, dry ports and railway stations. Surveillance and strict monitoring will be exercised throughout the operation.

The operation substitute was planned in two phases being conducted in close cooperation and coordination with INCB. First phase of the operation was conducted from October 10 to 20, 2014. Second phase of the operation, substitute in Pakistan launched on February 19. All partner agencies are participating in the operation under the command of ANF to ensure smooth and purposeful conduct of the operation. The objectives of the operation include practical implementation of anti-trafficking techniques specifically those aimed at precursors, effective use of specialized equipment/techniques for tests as highlighted in standard operating procedures by the concerned authorities, mapping of licit trade in the designated substances, streamlining and improvement of intelligence sharing on seizures of chemicals, establishing risk indicators by stopping shipments and risk profiling of the Acetic Anhydride, Acetyl Chloride, Acetic Acid and Ammonium Chloride.

Pakistan's counter-narcotics endeavors are being undertaken completely in consonance with national policy, legislation, international obligations and domestic environment.All these factors coupled with organizational experience, assigned mandate, magnitude of drug threat, working environment, rationale and other guiding principles are kept in consideration while endeavoring for a unified national stance and international commitments on all matters related to illicit trafficking of drugs and prohibited chemical.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Feb 26, 2018
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