Pak-China Extend Cooperation to Combat Drugs

Islamabad: During a meeting between Mr. Meng Jianzhu, State Councillor of the State Council of the People Republic of China and Federal Minister for Narcotics Control, Haji Khuda Bux Rajar, it was decided that China and Pakistan would deepen their level of cooperation to combat the source of narcotics from the continent. Mr. Meng Jianzhu, State Councillor said that knowing the fact that Pakistan lacks funds and necessary equipment to utilize its capacity of controlling of narcotics, China would provide assistance and support to further enhance the capacity building of Anti-Narcotics Force. In this regard, China would provide state of the art equipment worth 6 m Yuan.

He also invited Minister and other official of Pakistan to visit China and jointly find out other areas of cooperation and set up regular mechanism between both countries. He also suggested to devise and long term intelligence mechanism at both side of border to eliminate network of drug barons.

He said that Pakistan and China signed document of cooperation in 2006. Now, due to change in nature of challenges, we need to renew and revise the agreement. For this purpose, officials of Narcotics Control Board of China would visit Pakistan in near future.

While welcoming the Chinese delegation, Federal Minister for Narcotics Control, Haji Khuda Bux Rajar said that the government of Pakistan is fully committed to fight the menace of drugs with all its resources. He, further expressed that Pakistan being a transit victim country is fully aware of its shared responsibility and is committed to extend utmost cooperation to the whole world.

Giving the briefing over Pakistan efforts to control drugs, Sohail Ahmad, Secretary Narcotics Control Division apprised the members of Chinese delegation that Pakistan is one of the rare of countries which has separate ministry to counter drug trafficking and poppy cultivation. Pakistan has zero-tolerance drug policy to control trafficking of drugs to China on border, all airports and seaports.

Director General Anti-Narcotics Force, Maj. Gen. Syed Shakeel Hussain who was also present on the occasion informed that number of joint operation and controlled delivery operations have been successful launched between two countries which helped drug seizure and dismantling drug barons organisation.

He said that in the recent past a dangerous scenario in drugs has emerged as the focus of Afghan drug trade including Herion Laboratories has shifted significantly from west, south and east to the north of Afghanistan.

Secondly, the socio-cultural semblance and loose border control mechanism between Afghanistan and CARS (Control Assan Republics) coupled with inept anti-drug apparatus in the complete CARS region has encouraged upcoming DTOs and creation of Heroin laboratories on both sides of the border which created new hub that is substantial emerging threat to the China.

Meeting was concluded with firm commitment to enhance level of cooperation to eliminate scourge of drugs and make the continent drug-free.

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