Pakistan, China agreed to effectively counter perceived emerging threat of illicit drug trafficking

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 19 (APP):Pakistan and China have decided to
adopt appropriate joint measures to effectively counter perceived
emerging threat of illicit drug trafficking and additional resources
to ANF for establishing and deploying dedicated check posts and
drug interdiction teams.
The drug interdiction teams deployment would be ensured
especially its transit and terminal points in Pakistan i.e. Sost
(being established) and Gwadar would be supported in all aspects.
A Chinese delegation along with representatives from
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is currently visiting
Pakistan and also visited Anti-Narcotics Force Headquarters
and discussed issues of mutual concern, especially countering
narcotics across Pak-China border.
The delegation from National Narcotics Control Committee
(NNCC) of China alongwith representatives from UNODC included
Mr. Deshing Xiong, Deputy Secretary General NNCC, Mr. Jermey Douglas,
Representative UNODC Regional Office South East Asia & Pacific and
Mr. Cesar Guedes, Representative UNODC Pakistan.
Director General ANF, Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik
briefed the delegation about ANF’s achievements in controlling
drug menace.
He thanked the delegates with a resolve to provide all
possible services at regional, continental and global level to
control illicit drug and precursor trafficking to make the
region and the world a “Drug Free Society”.
Both sides further decided jointly that unanimous
stance of Pakistan & China on issue of maritime cooperation as
well as on other drug related issues would be re-affirming
at all regional and international fora.
During the visit, issues of mutual concern in field of
controlling drugs & precursor trafficking were brought under
discussion.
Representatives of both the countries also agreed
upon further augmentation of existing level of bilateral counter
narcotics cooperation between the two countries by supporting
each other’s anti drug initiatives and by establishing
bilateral interaction mechanisms at appropriate levels.
As a manifestation of the resolve, Border Liaison Office
(BLO) has been recently inaugurated at Pak-China border,
Sost to help both the countries in real time information
sharing and carrying out intelligence based joint operations to
effectively counter the drugs related activities across the border.
Deputy Secretary General NNCC assured upgradation of
technical and operational capacity of ANF by establishment
of bilateral support mechanism e.g. database.
He further assured that China being the world’s
largest producer of precursor chemical would make
its best efforts to counter illicit use and trafficking
of chemicals especially routing through Pakistani border.
He expressed that Pakistan and China are strategic partner
and all weather friends which has its roots in strong
mutual trust, excellent cooperation and convergence
of views on regional and global issues including
counter-narcotics (CN) cooperation.
The representatives from UNODC
assured all time moral and financial support
to ANF Pakistan and NNCC China for long-lasting mutual
cooperation in terms of counter narcotics.
The new emerging challenges associated with drug &
precursor trafficking through CPEC route was also
given special attention on the occasion.