ANF intelligence wing expanded to crack down on drug pushers

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Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has expanded its intelligence network inside Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to locate and hunt down drug smugglers and peddlers.

The ANF to control drug trafficking in ICT, has also established Canine Units (sniffer dogs) at Regional Directorate North responsible for ICT.

Information provided by Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control on Sunday revealed that the campaign and crackdown against drug peddlers has also been launched around educational institutions, which were being monitored on regular basis to counter sale of drugs to students.

Moreover, intelligence software (i2) has been inducted for assistance in investigation and backtracking.

Official sources said, “ANF is not only focused on enforcement mode of actions but also emphasizes greatly on Awareness and Prevention Programmes & Plans.”

Other steps taken by ANF for the twin cities include, community awareness campaign through print and information material, awareness session and lectures against drug abuse to the general public and academic institutions and community outreach programmes, counselling, treatment and rehabilitation.

The sources said community engagement programme and projects, individual and family counselling and follow-up, awareness programmes through FM Radio and awareness advertisement and documentaries against drug abuse in print and electronic media were other measures.

Some other steps included social work by volunteer youth ambassadors in twin cities including slums, frequent visit of Adiala Jail, Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre, ANF-Youth Ambassadorship & Internship programme (equal opportunities to all without any discrimination and exploitation) and anti-drug walks, theatre play and drama.