United Kingdom to support Pakistan’s counters narcotics efforts

Islamabad: British Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality Theresa May, during her visit at Anti Narcotics Force Academy, Islamabad assured that British government would support Pakistan’s narcotics control efforts by providing technical assistance and working for capacity building of Anti Narcotics Force. She also said United Kingdom would convince European Union to strengthen Pakistan Anti Narcotics Force as potential threat of Afghan drugs is increasing alarmingly.

She said, “It is important that we together combat the menace of drugs”. She also acknowledged and acclaimed the achievements and efforts of Pakistan in controlling trafficking of drugs. Federal Secretary, Sohail Ahmad and Director General Anti Narcotics Force Major General Syed Shakeel Hussain were also present on the occasion.

Secretary Narcotics Control Division, Sohail Ahmad while briefing the delegates said that UK remains committed to supporting Pakistan’s efforts to tackle the narcotics trade through political support, operational cooperation with SOCA and through joint operation projects.

He further said that Pakistan has potential to help the international community in fight against drugs by sharing real time information and launching controlled delivery operation and joint operations. He informed Ms. Theresa May that MoU between UK and Pakistan which is under process would be approved by Cabinet soon. This documented agreement between both countries would further enhance the level of cooperation.

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