Hard work pays dividends, Nisar lauds ANF for seizing tons of drugs

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ISLAMABAD, June 10 (APP): Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday lauded Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), saying hard work pays dividends, resulting in successful prosecution of narcotics related cases.

The Minister said acknowledgement and appreciation, at regional as well as international level, of ANF as a leading counter drug Agency is a matter of satisfaction.

He was talking to Director General, ANF, Maj. Gen. Nasir
Dilawar Shah, who called on him here and presented a report on mid year performance of the Force.

The Minister was informed that ANF seized narcotics worth Rs 3.985 billion in six months, a statement issued here said.

The ANF operations up to June 2016 helped the Agency seized 49.12 tons of narcotics which included 2.233 Tons of Heroin, 33.248 Tons of Hashish, 7.703 Tons Opium, 1.443 Tons Morphine, 1.62 Kg Cocaine, 931.87 Kg Amphetamine, 6.085 Kg Methamphetamine, 790 Ecstasy Tablets and 28550 Xanax Tablets.

During this period 3.55 Tons of Precursors (chemical used in preparation of drugs) were also seized while 426 cases were registered and 506 drug criminals arrested which included 57 cases at airports and 11 cases of parcel consignments destined abroad.

The Minister was also informed that a special Anti Drug Drive was launched in April 2016, focusing on educational institutions at Islamabad and all provincial Capitals which helped the Agency to seize drugs priced worth of Rs. 1.17 billion in international market.

In this connection, 136 operations were conducted by the ANF across Pakistan, which resulted in arrest of 155 drug suppliers and seizure of 19 vehicles. During the operations, 1.344 tons of narcotics was recovered, including 44.726 Kg Heroin, 1274.775 Kg Hashish, 23.150 Kg Opium and 1.120 Kg Cocaine.

Majority of the operations were undertaken at Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Lahore, Attock, Haripur, Peshawar, Kohat, Multan, Gilgit, Sukkur, Karachi, Quetta and Qilla Abdullah.

Ch Nisar appreciated leadership of the ANF for speedy trials to meet justice which included comprehensive ground work by investigation officers, deliberate preparations by prosecutors and ensuring timely appearance of witnesses.

The investigations also concluded in freezing of property
(property withheld) worth Rs. 301.55 Million as well as realization
of property (Property auctioned) worth Rs. 6.95 Million.

Regarding Drug Demand Reduction activities, 195 country wide
activities were conducted by ANF including lectures, free medical
camps, sports events, workshops, poster competitions, musical shows
and distribution of awareness material.

ANF Drug Addiction Hospitals treated 318 patients at
Islamabad, Quetta and Karachi.

The Minister was apprised that ANF was also in process
of upgrading drug treatment facilities, for which 45 bedded
Treatment Center at Rawalpindi has already been renovated, while 55
bedded Treatment Centre at Karachi is undergoing expansion with
addition of female and children wards.

The ANF is also constructing a 100 bedded Treatment Center
at Peshawar which will be operationalized by end of this year.
The Minister directed ANF to ensure timely completion of
treatment centre at Peshawar.