Australia and Pakistan have joined forces in the global fight against drugs with the two nations signing a Memorandum of Understanding in Canberra.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus and Federal Secretary of Pakistan’s Ministry of Narcotics Control, Tariq Khosa have recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding Combating Narcotics Drugs and Developing Narcotics Control Cooperation at the AFP Headquarters in Barton.
To reinforce the united stance against drugs and transnational crime,the AFP and Pakistan’s Anti Narcotics Force also signed a ‘Letter of Intent’ to establish a Pakistan Transnational Team on Drugs and Crime, funded for the next three-year under the Pakistan New Policy Initiative.
During the signing ceremony Australian Federal Police Commissioner said,”The partnerships formed today reflect a strong and united stance by Australia and Pakistan to do everything within their power to protect people from the destructive influence of drugs,” He also expressed that this particular MoU focuses on drug crime, enhances transnational cooperation between law enforcement agencies.
Secretary Narcotics Control Division, Tariq Khosa, said that Pakistan is cooperating with international community to counter issue of drugs and performance of Pakistan in drug seizure is appreciated by entire world.
He also expressed that Pakistan will continue its policy of cooperation and drug related intelligence sharing, border management and joint operations against drug trafficking and precursors chemicals smuggling.
The government of Pakistan is signatory to all UN Drug Control Conventions as well as the SAARC Conventions on Drug Control. It has already signed MoUs with 29 countries.