Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has arrested 2,585 drug traffickers during one year and nine months under its campaign, launched to curb this menace from the country. The year 2016 witnessed arrest of 1556 drug traffickers while 1029 were arrested during first nine months of current year. The statistics issued by Ministry of Narcotics Control on Tuesday showed ANF managed to register 2216 cases against drug traffickers during the period (January 2016 to September 30, 2017).
Of the total, the year 2016 witnessed registration of 1305 cases while during first nine months of this year, the authorities concerned registered 911 cases against drugs traffickers. Moreover, during 2016, the authorities seized 240.1 MT of different kinds of narcotics while this year the quantity of narcotics seizure was 214.3 MT. Upon contact, official sources said Pakistan has been enjoying status of “Poppy Free State” since 2001. However, poppy is still grown in remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Balochistan and Sindh by few locals.
There is no known manufacturing laboratory of narcotics in the country. The source of narcotics drug is Afghanistan which is the largest producer of Opium and second largest producer of Cannabis in the world. Listing steps taken by present government to eliminate manufacturing, smuggling and sale of narcotics in the country, the sources said these included destruction of Poppy crops in coordination with provincial governments and administration in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and also source/informers cultivation and acquisition of actionable intelligence at all entry and exit points of the country.
The sources said 29 Police Stations of ANF are working in the country to control and stop smuggling/spread of narcotics, campaigns/crackdown has also been launched against drug peddlers involving Police and countrywide drive to root out this menace from educational institutions. The other steps included establishment of Canine Units (sniffer dogs) at each Regional Directorate (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, North, Punjab, Sindh.—APP