The Anti-Narcotics Force’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has agreed to conduct a nationwide campaign against drug traffickers in educational institutions.
This was decided at an IATF meeting held at the ANF’s Rawalpindi headquarters. The meeting was presided over by DG ANF Major General Ghulam Shabbir Narejo, who was joined by the chiefs of all federal and provincial member agencies.
During the conference, the participants agreed to form special teams made up of ANF, police, and ISI personnel to deal with drug suppliers in educational institutions.
The gathering was informed on the harmful effects of methamphetamine (crystal meth/ice) and amphetamine on human health, and severe concerns were expressed about the increased usage of these drugs among students.
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The development came just a few weeks after the ANF caught a narcotics trafficker near Quaid-e-Azam University’s girls’ hostel in Islamabad. He was found with 3.7 kg of hashish and 0.5 kg of ice.
DG ANF also requested that the heads of IATF member agencies grant ANF access to those arrested in drug-related offences. It will allow ANF to investigate and track down drug trafficking rings more efficiently.
The group also voted to undertake a broad effort to combat the drug problem in society. It was also agreed to pay monetary prizes to informants instead of a part of the confiscated drugs at the time of the drug seizure.