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.
One arrested, drugs seized in operation
ATTOCK: The police on Wednesday arrested one accused and seized drugs in an operation.
Police said Sub-inspector, Izhar Ahmad, during routine patrolling stopped a truck for snap checking but the driver tried to escape from the scene.
The police arrested the driver accused Zaroon Shah, a resident of Jalalabad.
During snap checking, 16 packets of 8000 grams heroin worth million of rupees was recovered from the truck.
Police have registered a case against the driver.
Further probe was underway.
3 human traffickers arrested
ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Rawalpindi Circle Wednesday arrested three accused allegedly involved in human trafficking.
According to details, the accused were identified as Abdul Qayyum, Ikram Gul and Mazhar Iqbal, a press release said.
The further investigation is in progress.
Jakarta ex-governor freed from prison after blasphemy sentence
JAKARTA: Jakarta’s former governor has been released from prison, his assistant said Thursday, nearly two years after his blasphemy conviction fanned fears over religious intolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — the Indonesian capital’s first non-Muslim governor in half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader — left Mako Brimob prison in Depok, outside Jakarta, at around 7:30 am local time, Ima Mahdiah told media.
Supporters of the former governor, who is popularly known as Ahok, gathered outside the prison, chanting and cheering his new-found freedom.
The release ends one of the most tumultuous chapters in Indonesian politics in recent memory.
Purnama had been a popular politician who won praise for trying to clean up the traffic-clogged megacity and clamp down on corruption before his imprisonment.
But his downfall came quickly after comments he made on the campaign trail during a re-election bid saw him accused of insulting Islam.
The filmed remarks, which went viral online, sparked mass protests in Jakarta, spearheaded by radical groups opposed to a non-Muslim leader and encouraged by his political rivals.
He lost the election to a Muslim challenger and was then sentenced to two years’ jail in May 2017.
It was an unusually harsh sentence — prosecutors had only recommended probation for the now 52-year-old.
“He was picked up by his son Nicholas Sean Purnama” after being released, his assistant Mahdiah said. “He will spend time with his family first, resting.”
Purnama’s case drew international headlines and a wave of criticism, including from the United Nations, which urged the country of 260 million to revise its decades-old blasphemy law.
The charge against him centred on a remark he made to voters about his Muslim rivals using a Koranic verse to trick people into voting against him, which judges ruled amounted to blasphemy against Islam.