ANF destroyed 403.882 kgs drugs during the Central Drug Burning Ceremony


ISLAMABAD: (PR) Anti Narcotics Force organized Drug Burning Ceremony 2018 at Islamabad. Capt (R) Arif Nawaz Khan Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control graced the occasion as a Chief Guest. Other prominent participants included Foreign Dignitaries, Officials of Law Enforcement Agencies, High Ranking Military and Civil Officials, International Partners on Drug Control, NGOs, Civil Society, Sports Organizations, Celebrities, Media Persons and Students from different Educational Institutions. Director General ANF Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik, HI (M) welcomed the honorable guests.
While addressing the occasion, Director General ANF Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik HI (M) said that menace of drugs is one of the most damaging and life crippling threat for society and ANF is striving for its absolute elimination to achieve the goal of “Drug Free Society”. He added that ANF is vigorously executing its assigned tasks with utmost dedication and determination.
He apprised that 403.882 Kgs of narcotics are being burnt at Islamabad today, however, this year ANF burnt a total of 168.148 Metric Tons of drugs worth 673.115 Millions US $ including recent drug burning ceremonies at Peshawar and Quetta. DG ANF told that ANF is continuously launching “Anti-Drug Drives” in major cities, with special focus on educational institutions.
While presenting a brief account of professional performance of ANF, DG ANF apprised that during 2018, ANF registered 902 cases, arrested 1077 persons involved in drug trafficking while seized 4143.960 Kg Opium, 1572 Kg Morphine, 3481.242 Kg Heroin, 45120.438 Kg Hashish, 2.492 Kg Cocaine, 1621.349 Kg Amphetamine, 45.673 Kg Methamphetamine, 1.543 Kg Ecstasy Tablets, 92.370 Kg Xanax Tablets, 71.400 Kg Pranax Tablets, 57.027 Kg Cannabis, 8 Kg Poppy Straw and Precursor Chemical comprising 4283 Liter Acetic Anhydride, 3700 Liter Sulfuric Acid, 450 Liter Hydrochloric Acid, 6977 Liter Acetone, 114 Liter Ketamine and 65 Kg Crystals.
DG ANF Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik, HI (M) told the participants that during year 2018, out of 898 arrested accused, 830 were given punishments, hence making 95% successful conviction rate. Further, this year ANF has frozen Assets worth Rs 39.265 Million.
While addressing, DG ANF added that in year 2018, ANF has undertaken 331 drug abuse prevention and awareness raising activities throughout the country. Talking about drug treatment facilities, he apprised that in addition to already established 3x MATRCs at Islamabad, Quetta & Karachi, ANF has established a 50x bedded Female & Juvenile Ward (25 beds for Women & 25 for Children) at existing MATRC Karachi and a 25 bedded MATRC Sukkur has also started functioning. He apprised that ANF has provided free drug treatment to 914 drug addicts at its Drug Treatment Centers in year 2018. He also highlighted the up-gradation of ANF Balochistan in respect of deployment, intelligence ability, technical capability and mobility with special focus on Gawadar in view of the CPEC.
He added that, Pakistan is a poppy free country since 2001 but the region produces over 90% of the world’s opiates which puts Pakistan in double jeopardy of being a victim as well as a transit country. The recent inauguration of China-Pakistan Joint Border Liaison Office (BLO) at Sost Border is a great achievements which will help both the countries in countering border smuggling and sharing of experiences between the countries.
While addressing the occasion, the Chief Guest, Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control, Capt (R) Arif Nawaz Khan stated that Pakistan is facing both internal and external threats; and under such circumstances, drug crime is badly affecting our society. Hence, it is mandatory to tackle this menace with iron hands. ANF is rendering extraordinary endeavors to counter drug trafficking at national and international level. Honourable Secretary lauded ANF’s achievements and its role as a specialized force in combating trafficking of illicit drugs at national, regional and global level.
Honourable Secretary assured his all-out support to ANF for addressing the inadequacies of the force to tackle the menace more vigorously.
In the end, DG ANF Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik thanked all the honourable guests with the determination of making the country, region, continent and the world completely free from drugs.