Rawalpindi - The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Commanders Conference concluded here at ANF headquarters on Tuesday.

While making a close-up talk on the occasion, Director General ANF Major General Khawar Hanif appreciated the performance of the force in the first quarter of the year, which yielded record achievement, in which 259 cases were registered, 307 persons were arrested along with seizure of 2.3-ton opium, 2.9-ton heroin, 16.8-ton hashish and 1-kg cocaine.

He also appreciated present year’s Poppy Eradication Campaign, in which poppy crop on 1,216 acres of land was destroyed.

He valued previous month’s raids on drug suppliers, who were involved in supplying drug to students; however, he stressed on doing more in this regard.

He appreciated the regular announcements of anti-drug massages at airports. He valued to open a UAN number for maintaining direct contact with public.

The DG ANF upraised the participants about welcoming steps taken by the Pakistan government for increase in salaries of ANF employees. The ANF commanders said that the pay-increase was a well-received step and would boost the morale of the force; however the DG ANF advised that it should also correspond to ANF endeavours, which should reach beyond the call of duties.

The DG ANF gave special directives to curb the narcotics trend in educational institutions.

He also emphasised to have a vigilant check on air flights destined to China, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Europe.

He said that ANF should remain firm in fulfilling its professional obligations within disciplined parameters as per law.