Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has said they will break the nexus between drug dealers, financiers and perpetrators of terrorism.

“We will break the nexus between drug dealers, financiers and perpetrators of terrorism. We will not allow these drug barons to negatively influence and spoil our future generations,” COAS reiterated. During his visit to Anti-Narcotics Force Headquarters in Rawalpindi today, he said that drug peddlers and those involved in its production are as much detrimental to national security, as terrorists.

The Army Chief said, drug money is being used for promotion of terrorism also and therefore, it is important that drug dealers are dealt with iron hands. He reiterated that they will not allow these drug barons, to negatively influence and spoil our future generations.

Army Chief was given detailed briefing by Director General ANF Major General Khawar Hanif, on various aspects related to ANF operations to counter drug smuggling. During the briefing, DG ANF apprised the COAS of international and regional drug situation and its negative effects on our society, ANF’s Strategy and efforts for ensuring ‘Drug Free Society’, challenges faced and Five Years Force Development Plan.

General Raheel Sharif appreciated ANF’s endeavors on record seizures in 2014 and 2015, which helped in curbing the menace domestically and internationally. He also valued achievements of the force in maintaining Poppy Free Status for Pakistan.