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Russia, Pakistan to enhance anti-drug cooperation.

ISLAMABAD, March 29, 2012 (Balochistan Times): Russian and Pakistan officials Wednesday agreed to enhance cooperation to curb drug smuggling. A Russian delegation headed by Director Russian Federation Services on Narcotics Control Viktor Petrovich Ivanov visited Ministry of Narcotics Control and also held a meeting with Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Haji Khuda Bux Rajar. During the meeting, both sides agreed to exchange real time information, enhance operational cooperation, share experience in professional area and impart training and develop a joint strategic plan to control drug menace in the region. The Director told a press briefing that there is common understanding between Pakistan and Russia to control poppy cultivation and trafficking of narcotic substance. He said that the role of China, Iran, Central Asian Republic States to uproot production and trafficking of drugs from this region is also very important and mutual efforts from all these countries are need to be enhanced. Bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Russia on Narcotics Control has significant for elimination of drugs in the region. We share Russian concern about narco-trade and poppy cultivation in Afghanistan and would continue to play proactive role to improve the situation in regional context, he added. The Russian Ambassador Andrey Budnik also honoured the occasion. Federal Secretary Narcotics Control Zafar Abbas Lak, and Director General Anti Narcotics Force Major Gen Syed Shakeel Hussain also attended the meeting.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Mar 29, 2012
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