US appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to counter narcotics

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 24 (APP): Ambassador William Brownfield, US
Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of International Narcotics
and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), accompanied by senior officers
visited Narcotics Control Division (NCD).

They met with Secretary NCD Ajaz Ali Khan, Director General Anti Narcotics Control (ANF) Maj. Gen. Nasir Dilawar Shah, Senior
Joint Secretary NCD Toaha Hussain Bugti and other officers also
attended the meeting, said a press release issued here on Monday.

Both sides discussed the matters of mutual interest and expressed satisfaction on the longstanding cooperation between the
two countries in the field of counter narcotics.

The Secretary NCD gave a detailed briefing on the current drug
scenario and the Pakistani efforts to fight this menace.

He highlighted that due to the relentless efforts of government of Pakistan, the country has consistently maintained its status of “Poppy Free State”.

He also highlighted the government’s efforts for establishment
of treatment and rehabilitation facilities for drug dependent patients.
He emphasized that the international community must come
forward to help Pakistan in the fight against drugs as it is a
common and shared responsibility.

The visiting delegation acknowledged and appreciated the achievements of the NCD and the ANF in seizing huge quantities of narcotics and drugs worth up to US$ 8 billion in 2015 and around US$ 6.6 billion in 2016 and controlled its outward flow to the
other countries.

They also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in the field of Drug Demand Reduction and assured full cooperation of the US Government
in Pakistan’s fight against drugs.

Both sides expressed satisfaction on the state of ongoing cooperation between the two countries.

They agreed to expand the activities with regard to drug supply reduction and the drug demand reduction.