Narcotics and Pakistan: Consultative Sessions on the Draft Anti-Narcotics Policy 2010

Islamabd, Karachi, Lahore; March 17, 18, 19, 2010


Publication No: GOV-009

Rs 3,000  

Production and trafficking of narcotics and its nexus with insurgency and terrorism targeting Pakistan is a critical issue for Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan had formulated its first Anti-Narcotics Policy in 1993. The present Government has prepared the draft of a new National Anti-Narcotics Policy 2010 and is planning to finalise and announce it in the near future. It is, therefore, important for the citizens to review the draft policy and provide their input to the government before its finalisation. PILDAT, in cooperation with the Ministry of Narcotics Control, Government of Pakistan, organised a briefing session in Islamabad on June 25, 2010 and three consultations in Islamabad (which included participants from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Lahore and Karachi (which included the participants from Balochistan) from March 17 to 19, 2010 to seek feedback from a cross-section of the society on the draft policy. The Consultations were meant to raise public awareness about the menace of Narcoticstrafficking and its nexus with organised crime especially with terrorism. Honourable Mr. Arbab Muhammad Zahir Khan, Federal Minister for Narcotics Control, Pakistan was the Chief Guest at the briefing session in Islamabad whereas at each of the three (3) Consultations, Mr. Tariq Khosa, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control, Government of Pakistan, presented an overview of the Draft National Anti-Narcotics Policy 2010 followed by Maj Gen. Syed Shakeel Hussain, Director General, Anti Narcotics Force while Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, Executive Director PILDAT, moderated each of the three consultations.