ANF must purchase equipment for vehicles effective scanning: Durrani

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Appreciates INL role in countering narcotics in Pakistan


Staff Reporter
Islamabad

Federal Secretary for Narcotics Control, Akbar Durrani on Thursday said ANF must purchase state of the art equipment for effective scanning of vehicles for drugs checking.

The secretary expressed these views while chairing the meeting of internal sub-committee on National Fund for Control of Drugs Abuse (NFCDA), said a news release.

The meeting was attended by the senior officials of Anti-Narcotics Force and the Ministry of Narcotics Control.

He also said that special attention needed to be paid to the area of rehabilitation since it plays a significant role in the overall development against drugs abuse.

He said that request should be made to the Finance Division for the opening of Endowment Fund account to meet the recurring expenditure of Model Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres (MATRCs).

“We should have proper medication and required equipment at these centres as per international standards” Durrani said.

Furthermore, it was mutually decided that the campaigns against drugs abuse should be spread to provincial level in order to increase the reach of the campaign and have better results.

Meanwhile, the Federal Secretary for Narcotics Control, Akbar Durrani appreciated the role of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in countering narcotics in Pakistan.

The level and scope of cooperation needs to be increased in order to completely eliminate the menace of narcotics from the society, he expressed these view during a meeting with Director INL-P Dorothy Ngutter, said a news release.

Director INL-P said that her organization was willing to enhance cooperation and extend support in different areas of human resource management with specific focus on training and capacity building of officials of Anti-Narcotics force.

The Secretary welcomed the encouraging offer and said that Pakistan had been devising a strategy to reduce the demand of drugs.

Director INL-P appreciated the approach of Pakistan in dealing with narcotics control. She further said that rehabilitation and treatment of drug addicts also need to be paid close attention to.

Durrani said complete elimination of drugs from society is Pakistan’s utmost preference and the government will continue to work in that direction. The secretary assured all possible cooperation with INL to counter narcotics.

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