UK hands over two helicopters to Anti Narcotics Force

Nov 30, -0001
ISLAMABAD: The Ambassador of United Kingdom to
Pakistan Robert Brinkley on Thursday handed over two helicopters to
the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) to enhance its capability in the
fight against the narcotics menace.
The helicopters were delivered to ANF Director General Major
General Khalid Amir Jaffery here.
Minister for Narcotics Control Nazar Muhammad Gondal,
Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control, K.B. Rind and high
ranking officers of the Ministry and ANF attended the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion Brinkley said the provision of anti
narcotics assistance was just one example of the time-tested
relationship between the government of UK and Pakistan.
He assured that the British Government would continue to
support the ANF in its fight against narcotics and its untiring
efforts to block the influx of opiates.
"These helicopters are suited to the difficult terrain in
Pakistan's border area and would allow the ANF to respond much more
quickly in Balochistan where these helicopters will be employed," he
added.
Nazar Gondal thanked the British Government for their
invaluable support and stated that this donation is a clear
manifestation of the excellent relations between the two
governments.
"The Ministry of Narcotics Control is not only undertaking
effective enforcement but is also involved in effective Drug Demand
Reduction activities. Both these facets are equally important to
save our society, specially the youth from this menace," he said.
Gondal said that despite the challenges, the ANF has been able
to achieve major breakthroughs in combating drugs proliferation at
national and international levels.
He commended the members of the force for their untiring
efforts against spread of drugs.
Earlier, Major Gen Jaffery said, "we are extremely grateful to
the UK Government for this generous assistance despite other urgent
requirements and resource constraints."
He said that narcotics situation in the region calls for every
effective measure to control the inflow of drug from Afghanistan
with whom Pakistan shares lengthy and difficult borders.
"The vast area and difficult terrain of Balochistan is being
used by traffickers and can only be checked effectively through
aerial employment, and the induction of these helicopters is
certainly going to significantly enhance the capability of ANF," he
added.

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