Bugti commissions Narcotics vigilance squads for operations

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Minister for Narcotics Control, Nawabzada Shazain Bugti has commissioned Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Vigilance Squads (AVS); a swift, smart and service-oriented modern proactive mobile patrolling unit, for operations aimed at countering drug prevalence around educational institutions, community centres and public transport terminals in urban areas.

The AVS in the first phase would operate in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi.

The Minister during his visit to ANF Headquarters was briefed about the performance of the Force.

Chief of Staff ANF, Brig. Riffat Ali Khan presented a comprehensive review of ANF’s performance for the year 2022.

Bugti was received by Director General (DG) ANF Major General Muhammad Aneeq Ur Rehman Malik, HI(M).

Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control, Ms Humaira Ahmed was also present on the occasion. Performance appraisal encompassed efforts undertaken in a drug supply reduction, drug demand reduction, international cooperation and training domains.

Total drug seizures by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in 2022 summed up to 227.2 metric tons, out of which ANF seizures were 116.2 metric tons, with ANF share amounting to 51.1% of complete IATF seizures. By accounts of drug make and type, ANF seizures of plant-based drugs were 79.986 metric tons (68.95% of seized drugs), synthetic drugs were 3.582 metric tons (3.08%), Chemical Precursors were 25.695 metric tons (22.11%)