The proposal came from Pakistan’s Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), which underlined the need for a hotline between the heads of the ANF and India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). “The idea is to generate better coordination to combat the scourge of drugs and enable real-time sharing of information,” a government official told HT.
Pakistan’s plan came up during a meeting between the director generals of NCB and the ANF.
“We are not only concerned with the inflow from Afghanistan which produces 90% of the world’s heroin, but also with the outflow to India,” Major General Malik Zafar Iqbal, director general, ANF, had told HT.
Sources said less than 20% of the heroin — pushed into Pakistan from Afghanistan — is smuggled to India.
Sources added that Pakistan has shared information on the role of an India-based private company in trafficking of acetic anhydride, a precursor chemical for heroin. India in turn has given information on suspected Pakistani drug smugglers.