ISLAMABAD - Pakistan‚ Afghanistan‚ Russia and Tajikistan have agreed to develop coordination as per the UN framework to fight against drug trafficking and its legalisation.
The heads of anti-drug agencies of all four countries met in Islamabad on Thursday and formally decided to continue the cooperation for implementation of the anti-drug strategy of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization 2011-2016.
As per the joint statement issued after the meeting‚ all four countries have also agreed to focus on targeted fight against transnational organised drug crime with the aim to undermine the infrastructure of drug trafficking and to eliminate the supply of drugs.
It is also focused on efforts on border security through latest technological means and continued cooperation in training and retraining of anti-drug agencies. After the meeting‚ Secretary Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control‚ Muhammad Akbar Khan emphasised the need to control on this menace and said drug money is being spent on terrorism. He said smuggling of drugs can be controlled by joint the efforts. Next meeting of the anti-drug agencies of all four countries will be held in 2014 in Russia.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain said on Thursday that Pakistan considers Russia as a factor of stability and peace in the region and the world, adding that close ties and cooperation between the two countries would help strengthen regional and world peace and security.
Talking to Director Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation, Viktor P. Ivanov, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President called for further deepening of bilateral ties, adding that diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Russia have seen an encouraging growth in the past few years due to bilateral contacts at various levels between the two countries.
Discussing Pakistan and Russian cooperation on drugs and narcotics control, the government of Pakistan accords highest priority and has been actively involved with UN and other international counter-narcotics partners to combating narco trade and drug trafficking.
The President termed the drug trafficking a great menace and urged the need for joint efforts and collective fight to completely eliminate illicit drugs and narcotics.
The President said that Pakistan highly appreciates the support of Russian Federation in the field of narcotics control and expressed hope that bilateral cooperation will continue in this regard.
The President said that effective control of narcotics production and drug trafficking would contribute to peace and stability in the region.
Director Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation, Mr. Viktor P. Ivanov, thanked the President for meeting and appreciated Pakistan's role in supporting regional initiatives to combat drug trafficking.
Those who attended the meeting included Mr. Ahmad Farooq, Secretary to the President, Nawabzada Muhammad Akbar Khan Hoti, Secretary, Narcotics Control Division, Saba Mohsin Raza, Press Secretary to the President, and Tasnim Aslam, Additional Secretary Foreign Affairs.
Russian Ambassador in Islamabad, Andery Budnik, and other high officials of the Russian embassy were also present during the meeting.