Pakistan made history on Tuesday as President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi launched country’s first ever data bank on individuals and organisations involved in crimes related to Narcotics and money-laundering.
At a decorated ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Dr Arif Alvi lauded the sheer hard work and dedication of Minister for Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi and his team for leading the way for the ministry to take a quantum leap in the technological advancement to help choke illicit drugs trade.
Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control Mohammad Amjad Saleemi, Director-General Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Maj-General Mohammad Arif Malik and other high ranking officials were also present.
Syed Tajammul Hussain, the tech wizard who developed the data bank gave an overview of the data bank that is developed as Project Ama’an.
Addressing the audience, Minister for Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi congratulated all the participants on becoming a part of the history as Pakistan goes to launch of the country’s first data bank on individuals and organisations involved in crimes related to Narcotics and money-laundering.
“Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, would equip our forces with most modern tools and gadgetry to help cleanse our society from all ills and malpractices related to drugs menace, money-laundering,” said the minister, adding that his team had e been working on this project for the past 15 months.
“After hectic efforts, this project is being handed down to the ANF and the ministry to make good use of it. It provides a comprehensive and one of the largest database on individuals and organizations related to narcotics and money-laundering related crimes,” said Shehryar Afridi.
Elaborating the main features of the data bank application, the minister said that this is one of the world’s largest Artificial Intelligence-driven database that captures information regarding individuals and organizations involved in illicit drugs and money transfer.
“The data in this solution updates in less than 10 minutes. New features of this project are under development that include facial recognition and smart search. This solution will make Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) one of the most effective force in the region,” said the minister.
He said the intelligence from this solution will also be shared with other law enforcement agencies and government bodies for their benefit. “We are now monitoring more than 200 global government agencies and have tagged more than 100 drugs and 20+ chemicals that are involved in production of narcotics. Billions of dollars flow through the hands of drug trafficking organizations each year .