ISLAMABAD - In a bid to get first hand knowledge of how did Pakistan control poppy production to get the status of poppy-free country, representatives of as many as 12 countries will attend a two-day conference starting here from November 11.

“Pakistan will host a two-day Regional Ministerial Conference on Counter-narcotics in Islamabad starting from 12-13 November,” a spokesperson of Ministry of Narcotics Control said on Thursday.

According to a press note issued from the ministry, the participants of 12 regional countries have already confirmed to attend the conference. These states include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

“Purpose of the event is to share national experiences in countering the menace of illicit drugs and discuss prospects of regional cooperation,” an official of the ministry said.

 He added that Pakistan, in collaboration with these countries would discuss and formulate strategies to address the menace illicit drugs’ production, demand and trafficking. It is important to mention here that Pakistan was given the status of poppy-free country in 2011. Pakistani authorities are looking forward to cooperate with the world to establish a drug-free country, said the officials.