Govt to exercise zero tolerance against drugs: Shahryar Afridi

Govt to exercise zero tolerance against drugs: Shahryar Afridi

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State Minister for Narcotics Control Shahryar Afridi on Thursday pledged that the government shall exercise “zero tolerance” against anyone who is involved in drugs in any capacity

The joint presser took place days after former provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah was arrested after the ANF recovered 15 kilograms of heroin from his possession.

Speaking alongside Director-General Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Major General Arif Malik, the minister reiterated that laws have been set in place protect people, adding that it was Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to rid the nation of such practices.

Underscoring the need to curb drug trafficking, the ANF chief said that the body had seized over 300 metric tonnes of substances over the last few years.

“ANF is a competitive force with a sound international reputation,” said Maj Gen Malik, adding that the force has convicted about 95 per cent individuals.

“We ensure that there is adequate evidence to implicate the accused,” he said.

The two leaders also stressed upon the need for a drug-free Pakistan, stating that the contribution of the people would be necessary to achieve that.

“Drugs birth legions of problems in the society and also cause lawlessness,” DG ANF maintained.

He added that substance use is hazardous for upcoming generations.

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