Islamabad: Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan
on Thursday agreed to strengthen regional cooperation in combating
drug trafficking under an initiative backed by the UN Office
on Drugs and Crimes.
Following two days of talks, ministers and officials
of the three countries devised a 21-point action plan under
which a comprehensive anti-drug campaign will be launched.
Afghanistan produces about 90 per cent of the world`s
opium and much of it is smuggled through Pakistan and Iran
with billions of dollars in proceeds going to the Taliban.
Pakistan`s Narcotics Control Minister Arbab Muhammad
Zahir, Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Muhammad Najar and
Afghan Counter-Narcotics Minister Zarar Ahmad Muqbel Osmani,
who addressed a news conference after their talks, emphasised
the agenda to jointly combat the menace.
Pakistan`s Narcotics Control Division Secretary Tariq
Khosa said the new initiatives would bring the countries of
the region closer and pave the way for a "joint crusade"
against the menace in a coordinate manner.
Under the triangular initiative, several successful
simultaneous patrolling operations have been conducted by
Pakistan`s Anti-Narcotics Force and its Iranian counterparts
along the border of the two countries.
Another project was the setting up of Border Liaison
Offices and primary infrastructure for a BLO has been
developed at Torkham on the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier.
Khosa said the triangular initiative engages
Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan in finding "field-oriented
solutions to the transitional threat posed by the trafficking
of Afghan opiates and the diversion and smuggling of
The three countries called on the UN Office on Drugs
and Crimes to look into the use of advanced electronic and
surveillance equipment for better border management and