2020 / 03 / 05
On March 5, 2020, in Vienna, on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov met with Pakistan's State Minister for Drug Control, Shahriyar Khan Afridi.
The SCO Secretary General expressed gratitude to the head of the Pakistani delegation for their informative presentation at the joint event of the SCO and UNODC on the fight against drug trafficking in the shadow segment of the Internet. He pointed out the important role of the country in the anti-drug cooperation of the SCO member states and the development of specific measures to counter the drug threat from the territory of Afghanistan. V. Norov informed the interlocutor about the forthcoming regular meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group in Moscow in April, which will touch on, among other things, the prospects for cooperation between the parties in the anti-drug direction.
In turn, Sh.H. Afridi informed about the measures taken by Islamabad to seize drugs of Afghan origin and to stop the channel of their transit through the so-called "Southern route." He emphasized that the problem of the spread of Afghan drugs should be addressed not only through operational-search measures outside Afghanistan, but also through the elimination of plantations in the territory of the IRA in combination with alternative agricultural development of the country.
An exchange of views took place on the prospects for the implementation of the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy for 2018-2023 and the Program of Action for its implementation, as well as on the participation of the Pakistani side in the upcoming international anti-drug operation "Web" (March 23, Moscow)