RAWALPINDI (APP) - The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Drug demand reduction and prevention of illicit trafficking in Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Precursor chemicals and related matters was signed here on Tuesday at ANF Headquarter between Pakistan and India. According to details, the eighth Director General level talks between Pakistan and India on Drugs Trafficking were held at Rawalpindi on Sept 12 and 13, 2011. The Pakistan delegation was led by Major General Syed Shakeel Hussain, Director General, Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), while the Indian delegation was headed by Shri O.P.S. Malik, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Both sides shared the concern of growing menace of Narcotics Drugs. The existing cooperation and information sharing between ANF and NCB was noted as satisfactory during talks. It was agreed to enhance mutual cooperation through effective and sustained steps to control drugs trafficking. Both sides agreed to continue sharing actionable intelligence and adopt a coordinated strategy to prevent cross-border drug trafficking. Best practices in the field of counter drug trafficking and demand reduction were also shared. Pakistan and India sides agreed that talks between DG NCB and DG ANF will also be held annually. After the MoU signing ceremony, talking to mediamen, Director General Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) said that signing of MoU between India and Pakistan is a good step which will now provide both the countries to making joint efforts to control the growing menace of Narcotics Drugs under a legal framework. He further said now coordinated and joint efforts would be made to control the menace which is taken as a challenge here in Pakistan and both the sides are serious to root out the menace. To a question he said, Pakistan was declared in 2001 as poppy free country and hoped that once again this year, We will be given the same status. DG ANF informed that talks on DG level between India and Pakistan were held after a five-year gap. Director General, Indian Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on this occasion, thanking the DG ANF, government and people of Pakistan said that the warmth of hospitability here was very good. He told the talks were held in a very cordial and constructive atmosphere and now, we will make joint efforts to meet the challenge. DG NCB said that after MoU, now existing cooperation and information sharing between both the countries would further be intensified to achieve the target in this regard.