Anti Narcotics Force (Sindh) holds Drug Burning Ceremony 2016

Karachi, October 31, 2016 (PPI-OT): On 31 Oct 2016, ANF Sindh organized Drug Burning Ceremony at Karachi. Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Secy NCD Mr Aijaz Ali Khan and DG ANF Major General Nasir Dilawar Shah HI (M) welcomed the honourable guests. Prominent guest included AVM Peerzada Kamal Uddin TI (M), Mr Bashir Farooqi, Mr Ali Raza, Mr Farhan Ali Agha, Officials of LEAs, Civil Society, Students, National Heroes, Educational Institutions and Media Persons. Occasion was addressed by Governor Sindh, Secy NCD, DG ANF, Comd Coast Guards and Force Comd ANF (Sindh).

While addressing the occasion Chief Guest Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad stated that Pakistan is victim of drugs trafficking and abuse due to 90 percent production of world Opium in our neighbourhood. International expectations from Pakistan against this fight remains our main concern and we are determined to abide by all International laws and UN conventions. Secretary NCD apprised that Pakistan is successfully maintaining the status of “Poppy Free State” since 2001. Our firm zero-tolerance stance and comprehensive approach to tackle drugs has worked well, whereby our seizures portray a clear picture of our commitment.

DG ANF Major General Nasir Dilawar Shah HI (M) while addressing the occasion apprised that approximately 20 Metric Tons of narcotics are being burnt at Karachi today, which also includes 5 Metric Tons of drugs seized by Coast Guard. DG ANF apprised that ANF is homing on to “Anti-Drug Drives” in major cities, with special focus to the educational institutions.

DG ANF told that in 2016, ANF has prosecuted 424 cases, out of which 42 acquitted and 382 were convicted, which includes 4 death penalties and 81 life imprisonments, hence making 90 % successful conviction rate. This year ANF has Frozen Rs 839.7 Million of Assets, out of which Rs 19.07 Million has been Forfeited and Rs 6.95 Million Realized.

He further apprised that this year, ANF has made substantial progress towards its capacity building, whereby 547 new recruits has joined ranks and files of force, latest body-scanners have been deployed at major airports, ANF mobility has been revamped and ANF Canine and Breeding Centre has met wishful target by providing 44 new dogs.

While addressing, DG ANF told that in 2016, ANF has undertaken 280 Demand Reduction Activities events throughout the country. Talking about drug treatment facilities, he apprised that in addition to existing 145 bedded Drug Treatment Facilities at Islamabad, Quetta and Karachi, ANF is expanding this facility to 173 more beds at Karachi, Sukkur and Peshawar. DG ANF also told that ANF is looking forward to extend requisite Drug Treatment facilities at all Central Jails at provincial capitals of country. He apprised that since 2004, ANF has provided free treatment to over 13,000 addict-patients in Hospitals and 1994 addict-prisoner at Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.

It is pertinent to mention that on 20 Oct 2016, ANF Baluchistan has already burned 252 Tons of Narcotics worth 3.2 billion US $ at Quetta. In view of C-PEC, ANF Baluchistan has already upgraded its deployment at Gawadar and further augmenting its intelligence ability, technical capability, mobility and cargo–filtration capacity. Furthermore, ANF Lahore and ANF Rawalpindi are also holding their Drug Burning Ceremonies on 10 and 22 Nov 2016 respectively.

For more information, contact:
Anti Narcotics Force (ANF)
National Park Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9270173
Fax: +92-51-9270165