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.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)