RAWALPINDI, Sep 18 (APP)::A high level delegation from National Narcotics Control Committee (NNCC) of China along with representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
visited Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Headquarters (HQ) here on Tuesday.
The delegation included Deshing Xiong, Deputy Secretary General NNCC, Jermey Douglas, Representative UNODC Regional Office South East Asia & Pacific and Cesar Guedes, Representative UNODC Pakistan.
Major General, Musarrat Nawaz Malik, DG ANF Pakistan warmly
welcomed the guests. During the visit, issues of mutual concern in the field of
controlling drugs and precursor trafficking were brought under discussion.
The representatives from both the countries, Pakistan and China agreed upon further augmentation of the existing level of bilateral counter narcotics cooperation between the two countries by supporting each other’s anti drug initiatives and 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 which will 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.
Deshing Xiong assured up-gradation 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 Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Peoples
Republic of China are strategic partner and all weather friends which have roots
in strong mutual trust, excellent cooperation and convergence of views on
regional and global issues including counter-narcotics (CN) cooperation.
Jermey Douglas and Cesar Guedes 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 and precursor trafficking through CPEC route was also given special attention during the meeting. It was decided that appropriate joint measures would be taken 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 along, especially its transit
and terminal points in Pakistan i.e. Sost (being established) and Gwadar would
be supported in all aspects.
It was further decided jointly that unanimous stance of
Pakistan & China on the issue of maritime cooperation as well as on other
drug related issues would be reaffirmed at all regional and international fora.
The guests were given short brief of the ANF achievements
in controlling the drug menace which was warmly lauded by the delegation.
The DG ANF thanked the honorable guests with the 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”.