Salahuddin Tirmizi stresses to take steps against drug crime

 
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ISLAMABAD Dec 05 (TNS): Federal Minister Narcotics Control Lt Gen (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi has said stated that Pakistan is facing both internal and external threats; and under such circumstances, drug crime is badly affecting the society.

“Hence, it is mandatory to tackle this menace with iron hands. ANF is rendering extraordinary endeavors to counter drug trafficking at national and international level.”  The Federal Minister Narcotics Control stated while addressing a “Drug Burning Ceremony 2017” organized by Anti Narcotics Force at Islamabad on Tuesday.

Federal Minister Narcotics Control Lt Gen (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, HI (M), S. Bt, T. Bt, graced the occasion as a Chief Guest. Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control Mr. Iqbal Mehmood and Director General ANF Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik, HI (M) welcomed the honorable guests.

Prominent participants included Foreign Dignitaries, UNODC Country Head, Officials of Law Enforcement Agencies, High Ranking Military and Civil Officials, International Partners on Drug Control, NGOs, Civil Society, Sports Organizations, Celebrities, Media Persons and Students from different Educational Institutions.

Addressing at the occasion, the Chief Guest, Minister for Narcotics Control, Lt Gen (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, lauded ANF’s achievements and its role as a specialized force in combating trafficking of illicit drugs at national, regional and global level.

The federal minister assured his all-out support to ANF for addressing the inadequacies of the force to tackle the menace more vigorously.

Director General ANF Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik HI (M) while addressing at the occasion said that menace of drugs is one of the most damaging and life crippling threat for society and ANF is striving for its absolute elimination to achieve the goal of Drug Free Society.

He added that ANF is vigorously executing its assigned tasks with utmost dedication and determination.

He apprised that 1.805 Metric Tons of narcotics are being burnt at Islamabad today, however, this year ANF burnt a total of 135.064 Metric Tons of drugs valuing Rs 3951 Million at Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi. DG ANF told that ANF is continuously launching “Anti-Drug Drives” in major cities, with special focus on educational institutions.

While presenting a brief account of professional performance of ANF, DG ANF apprised that during 2017, ANF registered 1063 cases, arrested 1204 persons involved in drug trafficking while seized 31811.85 Kg Opium, 7132.2 Kg Morphine, 19568.615 Kg Heroin, 100436.353 Kg Hashish, 386.149 Kg Cocaine, 1881.901 Kg Amphetamine, 35.893 Kg Methamphetamine, 22.768 Kg Ecstasy Tablets, 13.805 Kg Xanax Tablets, 9.413 Kg Diazepam Tablets, 73.5 Kg Prazolam Tablets, 57.027 Kg Cannabis and Precursor Chemical comprising 917.5 Liter Acetic Anhydride, 50594.8 Liter Sulfuric Acid, 4130 Liter Hydrochloric Acid and 715 Liter Acetone.

DG ANF Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik, HI (M) told the participants that during year 2017, out of 786 decided cases, 753 cases met conviction, hence making 96% successful conviction rate. This year ANF has frozen Assets worth Rs 933.42 Million, out of which Rs 21.14 Million has been forfeited and Rs 0.582 Million realized.

While addressing, DG ANF added that in year 2017, ANF has undertaken 332 drug abuse prevention and awareness raising activities 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 178 more beds at Karachi, Sukkur and Peshawar including establishment of 48 bedded Female and Juvenile Drug Treatment Ward within existing MATRC Karachi. He apprised that ANF has provided free drug treatment to 697 drug addicts at its Drug Treatment Centers in year 2017. He also highlighted the up-gradation of ANF Balochistan in respect of deployment, intelligence ability, technical capability and mobility with special focus on Gawadar in view of the CPEC.

UNODC Country Head Cesar Guedes, while addressing the occasion highlighted the enormity of the drug problem in the region and its resultant fall out on Pakistan and the world at large. He added that, Pakistan is a poppy free country since 2001 but the region produces over 90% of the world’s opiates which puts Pakistan in double jeopardy of being a victim as well as a transit country.