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Event Title: Senate Committee on Narcotics Control briefed on Ama’an

Event Date: 2019-10-03

The Standing Committee on Narcotics Control in its meeting held on Thursday was briefed by Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control about Project Ama’an, an artificial intelligence data base of criminals related to narcotics trade and money laundering worldwide.  

 

Chaired by Senator Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen, the meeting was attended by Senator Haji Momin Khan Afridi and senior officers from the Ministry for Narcotics Control, Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) along with all concerned.  Minister for Narcotics Control, Mr. Shehryar Afridi was also present. 

 

The Committee was informed that the data in this solution updates in less than 10 minutes.  It also includes important features such as facial recognition and smart search.  It was asserted that this solution will make ANF one of the most dynamic forces in the region as data would be shared both regionally and internationally.  Sources have been acquired from 250 accredited resources worldwide.  The database is being constantly expanded and updated to offer most accurate results.

 

Minister for Narcotics Control, Mr. Shehryar Afridi also briefed the Committee about the details of this database. He said that this achievement is just as great as the nuclear tests that were conducted in the 1990s.  That, he said, was military deterrence and this is ‘Social’ deterrence and will put all of Pakistan’s enemies on back foot. 

 

Lauding the efforts of the whole team, the Minister said that this database is a huge achievement for Pakistan and the whole nation must stand behind it.  He said that this team is responsible to the state and therefore does not toe any party line.  We must support this work so that the future of our generations is secured.  He added that despite lack of resources, ANF performs commendably.  He informed that Committee that despite the sensitivity of the nature of work performed by ANF the number of deployed personnel is just 2900; 6 in Giilgit Baltistan, 506 in Balochistan and 543 in Punjab.  This is a sorry state of affairs.

 

The Minister informed the Committee that ANF has launched rehabilitation centres in all major cities to fight this menace and is being funded through its own resources.  He added that legislation will be formulated to ensure that every hospital has a rehabilitation centre. Schools too will be directed to take responsibility of students that fall prey to drugs on campus.  He asserted that the whole House must be sensitized on this issue. 

 

The Committee lauded the Ministry for its efforts and assured the Minister that it will do all in its power to promote the mission of the Ministry to protect Pakistan’s future.