ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has made significant drug seizures of 288 ton during last one year and eight months which shows its commitment towards making Pakistan a drug-free country.
Of the total, the ANF seized 165.97 Metric Tons (MT) of narcotics and 56.63 MT of precursor chemicals during 2017, and 50 MT narcotics and 15 MT of precursor chemicals during the first eight months of this year.
The year-wise data regarding seizures, issued by Narcotics Control Division, has revealed that in 2007, ANF seized 33 MT of narcotics, in 2008 74 MT narcotics and 17 MT precursors chemicals, in 2009 71 MT narcotics and in 2010 98 MT narcotics and 68 MT precursor chemicals.
Similarly, the year 2011 witnessed seizures of 107 MT narcotics, one MT precursor chemicals, 76 MT narcotics in 2012, 130 MT narcotic and 120 MT precursor chemicals in 2013, in 2014, 158 MT narcotic and 101 MT precursor chemicals, and 205 MT narcotics and 5 MT precursor chemicals in 2015.
The year 2016 saw seizures of 215 MT narcotics and 25MT precursor chemicals, 164 MT narcotics and 56 MTprecursor chemicals seized in 2017 while the number of seizures during first eight months of this year was 50 MT narcotics and 15 MT precursor chemicals.
Besides, a significant number of seizures, ANF also registered a number of cases at its Police Stations countrywide and arrested numerous accused involved in these cases.
Meanwhile, under international coordinated operations, the ANF has been providing assistance to international Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and on shared information, a larger amount of seizures were made during the period.
The ANF provided assistance to 28 countries and major amongst them were United Kingdom (UK), Malaysia, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, UAE, Iran, Brazil, China, Germany New Zealand, Poland, China etc.
When contacted, official sources said a lot of drug demand reduction and awareness activities including walks, games/sports competitions, speech/debate competitions, lectures, seminar, and workshops have been conducted under awareness campaign.
The ANF is striving for the establishment of a Drug-Free Society and under the campaign, the Force arranges awareness for the general public through billboards, LEDs, steamers, banners, and distribution of material e.g.brochures, pamphlets and leaflets in different parts of the country, especially major cities including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi through Regional Directorates of ANF Pakistan.
Confiscated goods’ auction fetches over Rs. 16 b in 5 years
ISLAMABAD: The authorities concerned have amassed Rs. 16.124 billion through auction and disposal of different confiscated/smuggled goods during the last five years.
The confiscated goods are disposed of through open public auction as provided in auction/customs rules. A variety of smuggled goods have been confiscated in the country by Pakistan Customs during the period and these included tea, auto parts, cigarettes, medicines, antiques, crockery, vehicles, cloth, tires and tubes, diesel, electronic goods, and narcotics etc.
Elaborating procedure for the auction of confiscated goods, sources at Finance and Revenue Division on Sunday said as per auction rules, the Collector or an authorized officer shall nominate an auctioneer from amongst registered auctioneers to conduct an auction of confiscated goods. The amounts and names of the highest and second highest bidders are recorded in the file by customs staff supervising the process along with copies of National Identity Card as well as NTN of the successful bidder.
The auctioneer on receipt of a certificate issued by Collector or an authorized officer to the effect that the whole amount of bid has been realized, issues under his seal, a delivery order. The sources said there are certain items like arms and ammunition, liquor/narcotics and like goods which cannot be put to auction.
It is pertinent to mention here that goods like confiscated narcotics and expired/banned/hazardous items/goods, not fit for human consumption, are destroyed. However, arms and ammunition of prohibited and non-prohibited bores are disposed of by allocating the same to an agency/department having anti-smuggling powers for their official use.
NZ to hold national remembrance service
CHRISTCHURCH: PM’s Office has announced that New Zealand would hold a national remembrance service on 29th March for the victims of two mosques’ massacre and their families, the PMs office announced on Sunday.
The interfaith service will take place in Christchurch two weeks after an Australian white supremacist shot and killed 50 Muslims who had arrived for Friday prayers at two mosques in the city on March 15.
“The national remembrance service provides an opportunity for Cantabrians (Christchurch-area residents), New Zealanders and people all around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.
“In the week since the unprecedented terror attack there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country.
“The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values.”
The slaughter has rocked the normally laid-back country and prompted horror worldwide, heightened by the gunman’s cold-blooded livestreaming of the massacre.
Since then, New Zealanders have responded with an outpouring of support for the country’s small Muslim community.
The attack also left dozens of people injured, some critically.
Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was arrested within minutes of the massacre and has been charged with murder.
Retrieve kidnapped Hindu girls: PM
ISLAMABAD: PM has ordered the Provincial governments to retrieve two Hindu girls who had been forced to convert to Islam and married to Muslim men.
According to sources Raveena 13 and Reena 15 have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan (in Punjab) from Ghotki (Sindh) after marriages.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said Sunday that Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued directives to Punjab Chief Minister for taking steps for recovery of two Hindu girls allegedly abducted from Sindh and shifted to Rahim Yar Khan.
The minister tweeted that the Prime Minister asked for holding an immediate investigation into the matter. He directed the governments of Sindh and Punjab to adopt a joint strategy to prevent such incidents in the future. Fawad quoted Prime Minister as saying that white color in Pakistan flag represents minorities and protecting their rights was our responsibility:
Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj Indian Minister for External Affairs has asked the HC here for a report.
Father of #Reena 14 #Raveena 16 who were forcefully converted to Islam is beating himself up out of sheer desperation. He says either help me get my daughters back safely or kill me. Yeh thappar yeh buzurg apne moun per nahi maashray ke moun per maar rahay hain @BBhuttoZardari pic.twitter.com/cpmlvruAEC
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) March 23, 2019