Significant drug seizures of 288 Ton in 20 months : ANF

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 14 (APP):Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has made
significant drug seizures of 288 Ton during last one year and eight
months which shows Force’s commitment towards making Pakistan a
drug-free country.
Of the total, the ANF seized 165.97 Metric Tons (MT) of
narcotics and 56.63 MT of precursor chemicals during 2017 and
the first eight months of this year witnessed seizures of
50 MT narcotics and 15 MT of precursor chemicals.
An year-wise data regarding seizures, issued by Narcotics Control
Division on Friday revealed that in 2007 ANF seized 33 MT of
narcotics, in 2008 74 MT narcotics and 17 MT precursors chemicals,
in 2009 71 MT narcotics and in 2010 the authorities seized 98 MT
narcotics and 68 MT precursor chemicals.
Similarly, the year 2011 witnessed seizures of 107 MT
narcotics, one MT precursor chemicals, 76 MT narcotics in 2012,
130 MT narcotic and 120 MT precursor chemicals in 2013,
in 2014, 158 MT narcotic and 101 MT precursor chemicals, and
205 MT narcotics and 5 MT precursor chemicals in 2015.
The year 2016 saw seizures of 215 MT narcotics and 25
MT precursor chemicals, 164 MT narcotics and 56 MT
precursor chemicals seized in 2017 while the number of
seizures during first eight months of this year was 50 MT
narcotics and 15 MT precursor chemicals.
Besides, significant number of seizures, ANF also
registered a number of cases at its Police Stations countrywide
and arrested numerous accused involved in these cases.
Meanwhile, under international coordinated operations,
the ANF has been providing assistance to international Law
Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and on shared information a
larger amount of seizures were made during the period.
The ANF provided assistance to 28 countries and major amongst
them were United Kingdom (UK), Malaysia, Canada, South Africa,
Indonesia, UAE, Iran, Brazil, China, Germany New Zealand,
Poland, China etc.
When contacted, official sources said a lot of drug demand
reduction and awareness activities including walks, games/sports
competitions, speech/debate competitions, lectures, seminar and
workshops have been conducted under awareness campaign.
The ANF is striving for establishment of a Drug Free Society and under
the campaign the Force arranges awareness for general public
through bill boards, LEDs, steamers, banners and distribution of
material e.g.brochures, pamphlets and leaflets in
different parts of country, especially major cities including
Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi through
Regional Directorates of ANF Pakistan.