KP to raise own Anti Narcotics Force

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has planned to raise its own Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to counter smuggling of narcotics drugs.

“We have completed necessary work for raising the force and draft legislation was moved to KP Assembly in this regard.”

Officials in KP Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control Department told.

The 18th Constitutional Amendment, adopted in April 2010, has devolved several departments and functions from the federal government to the provinces.

The devolution of anti-narcotics apparatus from the centre to the provinces has also become a legal necessity, which remains unfulfilled.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to officials, has undertaken an exercise to put in place a legal mechanism before taking over the responsibility to control the illegal use of narcotics.

The provincial efforts are aligned with the process carried forward by the federal authorities concerned.

Once the proposed law is ready, it would be enacted through legislation by the provincial assembly.

With the formulation of the provincial anti-narcotics law, the province would also require to have a strong anti-narcotics force of its own.

Once legislation was passed by the KP Assembly, the staff will be recruited and trained with the help of FC and Ministry of ANF Islamabad.

The work to formulate the provincial anti narcotics law is already in progress whereas the setting up of the force has also been undertaken.

“The authorities concerned have estimated that the province need Rs500 million to raise a strong anti-narcotics force whereas technical assistance and training of the staff would also take some money to begin with the new force,” said an official.

Work on preparing the law and raising the anti-narcotics force, according to an official, has been going on before Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and its allies came in to power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa back in May this year.

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