KARACHI: CM Murad Ali Shah presided over a high-level meeting of provincial and federal narcotics controlling agencies who have decided to launch intelligence-based operations against drug trafficking.
The meeting was specially attended by Federal Minister for Narcotics Shaharyar Afridi. All law enforcement agencies present at the meeting were agreed to sharing data of smugglers with each other and to control this menace at borders.
The others who attended the meeting include chief secretary Mumtaz Shah, provincial Minister for Excise & Narcotic Mukesh Chawla, Advisor to CM Murtaza Wahab, DG Pakistan Maritime Security Rear Admiral Zaki ur Rehman, Chief Collector Customs Wasif Memon, and other concerned federal as well as provincial officers.
The Chief Minister said that his government through provincial police and excise department has already launched an operation against drug peddlers so that ice drug, hashish, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, opium, bhang, gutka, mainpuri and mawa could not spread in the cities, particularly in educational institutions. “Our police have shown commendable progress by capturing ice and other drugs,” the CM said.
Murad Ali Shah opined that legislation was required to deal with the gutka and mainpuri cases. The Chief Secretary and IG police suggested that the actual control was required at the borders of neighboring countries from where it was smuggled to Pakistan. “In Sindh or Punjab there is no such factory where these drugs are manufacturing, but all the contrabandists are, here,” the IG Sindh Kaleem Imam said.
The federal minister for Narcotics, Shaharyar Afridi urged all the federal agencies to play their due role in curtailing the drug trafficking and drug peddling crime and keep posting Sindh government regarding the related information. He supported the efforts of the Sindh government for controlling the situation.