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India, Pakistan agree to enhance cooperation to control drug trafficking


March 29, 2011 - New Delhi

Expressing concern over the growing menace of Narcotics/Drugs, India and Pakistan have agreed that cooperation between Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India and Anti Narcotics Forces (ANF) of Pakistan should be enhanced to ensure an effective control on drug trafficking.

During the Home Secretary level talks, which concluded today, both the sides further agreed that talks between DG NCB and DG ANF would be held annually.

Indian side, which was led by Union Home Secretary G K Pillai, accepted the invitation for DG NCB to visit Pakistan in May 2011 for talks with DG ANF.

The 'Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Drug Demand Reduction and Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotics Drugs/Psychotropic Substances and Precursor Chemicals and related matters' as finalized will be formally signed at the next DG level meeting of NCB-ANF in May 2011.

It was decided that CBI and FIA will schedule a meeting to work out the technical details of moving forward on issues of, human trafficking, counterfeit currency, cyber crimes and Red Corner Notices (RCNs).

Both sides agreed to set up a Joint Working Group to examine the modalities for streamlining the visa procedure/modalities and for giving a final shape to revision of the Bilateral Visa Agreement.

The Interior Secretary of Pakistan invited G K Pillai for the next Home/Interior Secretary level talks in Pakistan, which he accepted.

Both sides agreed that the visit of the Interior Minister of Pakistan to India will take place on mutually convenient dates, to be decided through diplomatic channels."

ANI

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