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Steps taken to eradicate drug trafficking

Steps taken to eradicate drug trafficking

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:02

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian officials have stressed the need for greater efforts to check the massive flow of illicit drugs in the region.

Counternarcotics officials from the three neighbouring nations came at a two-day interaction, facilitated by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Participants at the "Triangular Initiative" meeting also agreed on timely sharing of information and conducting concurrent interdiction operations along their borders.

UNODC representative in Pakistaninfo-icon Cesar Guedes said the three countries attended the meeting with a revived attitude and role, raising prospects for more effective counternarcotics efforts in 2019.

Mohammad Osman Frotan, director-general for policy planning at the Afghan Ministry of Narcotics, said they had taken major steps to eradicate drug trafficking.

About 90 percent of poppy cultivation occurred in insurgency-hit provinces this year, he said, adding more than 433 tons of different types of drugs had been seized.



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