ISLAMABAD: Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has so far provided free of cost treatment to 17,486 drug addicts at its Model Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (MATRCs).
The ANF is currently running three Model Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers (MATRCs) in Karachi, Islamabad, and Sukkur. The MATRC Sukkur has been established in 2018. The capacity of MATRC Karachi increased to 105 beds with the inclusion of 50 bedded Women and Juvenile Treatment Ward (25 each). Uplifting and expansion of MATRC Islamabad are in the process while four MATRCs are planned and will be functional soon at Quetta, Lahore, Hyderabad, and Peshawar.
Highlighting ANF achievements and endeavors during 2018, official sources on Sunday said in drug enforcement operations, 1184 cases were registered, 1376 culprits were arrested and 100.26 Metric Ton drugs and precursor chemicals worth of approximately US $ 1195.72 million were seized. The sources said internationally, 31 Coordinated Operations were conducted, 15.494 Metric Tons drugs have been seized and 78 criminals were arrested while 18 Drug Trafficking Organizations including five foreign organizations were busted. During the year, prosecution progress remained encouraging with a conviction rate of 95 percent and Rs. 43.199 million of assets have been frozen.
The sources said ANF has also burnt a total of 244.837 metric tons of narcotics worth US $ one Billion during multiple drug-burning ceremonies in 2018. To prevent smuggling of drugs into and through Pakistan, a number of operations were conducted in close collaboration with regional and other countries. International partners’ assistance in all fields has enhanced operational efficiency which is highly appreciable. During the year, a number of foreign delegations visited Pakistan in conjunction with anti-narcotics drive at the international and regional level. Border Liaison Offices have been established by China and Pakistan at Tashkurgan and Khunjrab.
After six years efforts, ANF was successful to host 13th Senior Officials Triangular Initiative Meeting in Pakistan which has strengthened bilateral relations to counter drug trafficking with Iran and Afghanistan. Future road map for cooperation has been drafted to be approved in Ministerial meeting in Kabul this year. The sources said the Force was following the policy of zero tolerance towards drug suppliers to youth and education institutions and is striving for the establishment of a Drug-Free Society.
In 2018, 400 awareness activities conducted with a special focus on education institutions. These activities included seminars, lectures, awareness workshops, sports events, anti-drug art, painting and speech competition, cultural show, stage play/drama, poster competition, free medical camps, anti-drug walks display of anti-drug awareness banners (including utility bills/tickets), distribution of awareness material and awareness through print and electronic media/media talk and social media.
Efforts are in hand to enhance capacity building of ANF in both strategic and operational domains. The capacity of the Force is planned to be increased from 3148 to 10,000 in a phased programme. New Regional Directorate will be raised at Gwadar. Seven New Police Stations are being established. Legislative improvements have been processed for approval of the cabinet. Modern equipment being procured through the government and donors.
Two policemen gunned down in Karachi’s Orangi Town
KARACHI: Two policemen were killed when unidentified assailants opened fire at them in Karachi’s Orangi Town today, rescue sources said.
The firing incident took place at around 8am when both the police personnel were on their way to report for duty. Four armed men on two motorbikes opened fire and killed the personnel.
Upon being informed of the incident, a police team reached the site and cordoned it off to collect evidence. The bodies were shifted to a nearby medical facility for medico legal formalities.
Funeral prayers of 2 policemen, martyred in early morning attack in Orangi Town, Mominabad area, offered in Garden Headquarters today. IG Sindh, Karachi Police Chief and other high officials of Rangers and Police, as well as Sindh govt representatives also attended prayers. pic.twitter.com/r9ay6ETSVT
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The killed policemen, posted in Mominabad, were identified as Sepoy Allahdita and Sepoy Ahmed Ali.
Taking notice of the shooting incident, Additional Inspector General Amir Sheikh sought a report from the SSP West in this regard.
Police officer stabbed ahead of G20 summit in Japan
TOKYO: Japanese police Monday arrested a man suspected of stabbing a police officer in the chest and stealing his gun near Osaka, just days before world leaders fly into the city for a G20 summit.
The 33-year-old suspect, who denies the charges, was in possession of an ID document showing he was mentally disabled, an Osaka regional police detective said.
The police officer, 22, is still in a coma, the detective added. His gun was found later with one bullet missing.
The incident, a rare case of violent crime in Japan, hit national headlines due to the proximity of the attack to the G20, which will be held in the western city on June 28 and 29.
“We have not yet studied what impact this will have on the G20 security plan,” Takahisa Ishida, chief of the Osaka police, told local media.
US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be among the leaders jetting in for the summit, with tens of thousands of aides in tow.
More than 25,000 police officers will reportedly be mobilised to provide security in Osaka during the summit meetings.
“We will do our best on security measures ahead of the G20 next week,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday when asked about the incident.
A recent meeting of G20 finance ministers in the western city of Fukuoka was held under extremely high security, with areas around the meeting in total lockdown.
PFUJ condemns brutal murder of Hyderabad journalist Ilyas Warsi
KARACHI: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) President G.M. Jamali has strongly condemned the brutal murder of senior journalist Ilyas Warsi in Hyderabad here today.
Warsi, who was affiliated to the Sindhi daily Kawish newspaper, was found dead in his apartment adjacent to Al-Raheem Shopping Centre in Hyderabad.
According to a family source, Warsi had left for his home from Hyderabad Press Club at around 6 PM. Warsi’s son told the police that when he reached the apartment, it was locked from inside. He knocked at the door but there was no response upon which he called others and force opened the door where he found his father’s dead body.
“The journalist was murdered using an edge tool,” police said, adding that the killers and motive behind the murder remains unknown.
Warsi was former president of Hyderabad Press Club and had been affiliated with many national and international journalist unions.
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