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Joint efforts only solution to drug trafficking: Zardari

14 November, 2012

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has called upon the regional countries to chalk out a joint strategy to deal with the menace of narcotics.

Addressing the regional Ministerial Conference on Counter Narcotics in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said the regional countries should maintain real time contacts like hotline and develop common laws and drug codes to tackle this menace which poses threats to the security and stability of the region.

He said drug mafias are in nexus with terrorist organizations and crime syndicates and we must make collective efforts to this problem.

The president warned that this issue could become more complex after draw-down of the forces in Afghanistan. Instead of looking towards others for leadership on this issue‚ we must lead the fight against illicit drug trade.

He said narcotics challenge transcends national boundaries. Merchants of death do not recognize any political‚ geographical‚ ethical or legal boundaries. He said the purpose of holding this conference in Islamabad is to find regional solution to the issue as no individual country or organization can overcome it singlehandedly.

President Zardari said though the international community is sensitive of the issue of narcotics but we need to do more to protect our future generations from this menace. He reminded that the heroin was created as a war weapon by the world community to fight the rival ideology in the region. Now it has become a serious problem and revenues from trading heroin have been steadily rising during the past decade.

Referring to steps taken by the government to fight illicit drugs‚ the President said Pakistan is not a drug producing but a transit country which is a more serious and complex issue. To check the smuggling of drug‚ some serious measures are required.

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