Islamabad: Russian delegation headed by Mr Viktor Petrovich Ivanov, Director Russian Federation Services on Narcotics Control visited Ministry of Narcotics Control on Wednesday and held meeting with Federal Minister for Narcotics Control, Haji Khuda Bux Rajar. Russian Ambassador H.E. Mr Andrey Budnik, also honored the occasion. Federal Secretary Narcotics Control, Zafar Abbas Lak, and Director General Anti Narcotics Force, Major Gen Syed Shakeel Hussain were also present in the meeting.
During the meeting, both countries agreed to exchange real time information, enhance operational cooperation, share experience in professional area and impart training and develop a joint strategic plan to control drug menace in the region. H.E.Mr. Victor P.Ivanov, Director of the Federal Service of the Russian Federation for Narcotics Control, said in the press briefing that there is common understanding between Pakistan and Russia to control poppy cultivation and trafficking of narcotic substance.
He further said that the role of China, Iran, Central Asian Republic States to uproot production and trafficking of drugs from this region is also very important and mutual effort from all these countries in this regard needs to be enhanced.
On this occasion Federal Minister for Narcotic Control said, “that bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Russia on Narcotics Control has significant for elimination of drugs in the region. We share Russian concern about narco-trade and poppy cultivation in Afghanistan and would continue to play proactive role to improve the situation in regional context.”
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