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Operation against drug smuggling launched

Operation against drug smuggling launched

KARACHI: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) has launched Operation ‘Umeed-e-Nau’ against drug trafficking activities.

FC Brig Muhammad Abuzar said this while addressing a press conference here at ANF Regional Directorate, Karachi. He informed the media that ANF with the help of other law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) has conducted total 93 raids in which 57 have been conducted in Karachi.

“During the raids, the ANF have seized drugs including opium, heroin, hashish, cocaine synthetic drugs, poppy seeds and other lethal drugs and also arrested 53 accused”, he added. He further said that the operation aimed to reinforce ongoing provincial operation for establishing lasting peace in the city.

“Regional coordination has been made with other LEAs i.e. Rangers, police, Pakistan Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime Security (MTS), FBR, MSA, ASF and port authorities”, Brig Abuzar said.

He further informed the media that the operations are being conducted in seven categories including cleanup operations, intelligence-based operations, joint operations with other LEAs, down country movement of drugs, mobile patrolling and joint checks posts, increase vigilance at seaports, airports and investigations have also been started under section 67, 68 and 69 of CNSA 1997 of drug smugglers with a view to stop the flow of narcotics into the city.

Replying to a question, Brig Muhammad Abuzar admitted that the ANF despite limited resources is striving hard towards the elimination of drugs with the coordinated efforts with other agencies.

“ANF will also have a plan to conduct operations against smugglers in Lyari, Sohrab Goth and Memon Goth”, he said.