ISLAMABAD :Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that illicit drugs is a common challenge and Parliaments and Parliamentarians have a critical role to play in the fight against drugs, through advocacy, drug awareness, legislation, resource allocation as well as oversight of national counter narcotics policies. According to message received from Moscow, he expressed these views while addressing International Conference of Parliamentarians against Drugs being held from December 3-5t at Moscow, Russian.The Speaker said that the increasing complex challenge of World Drug Problem continues to negatively affect health, safety, security, socioeconomic development and well being of individuals, families and societies. He further said that illicit drug is serious threat to the international community and a matter of grave concern for entire world.The Speaker expressed that according to the recent UNODC statistics, the illicit cultivation of narcotics plants has gone up in difficult regions and globally; Illicit drug markets are expanding and production and manufacturing of drugs remains high and demand for illicit drugs persists. He said that Pakistan is one of the most affected transit States and the nation has been pursuing a zero-tolerance policy towards illicit drugs. He said that Pakistan is promoting regional cooperation to counter illicit drugs. He said that as a member of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs, Pakistan reaffirms it unwavering commitment to continue to play an increasingly constructive role in global efforts to counter this menace.The Speaker said that to address the common challenge of illicit drugs in a sustainable manner, the international community should accelerate efforts to close the gap between the existing political commitments and their implementation and established principle of common and shared responsibility should be brought under sharper focus through enhanced sub-regional, regional and international cooperation.
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