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A staggering 51 tonnes of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, were burnt at a ceremony organised by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

The narcotics torched at the ceremony, estimated to be worth $239 million, were seized in raids carried out by the ANF and from smugglers at airports in 2016.

At the ceremony, ANF Director-General Maj-Gen Nasir Dilawar Shah said the force has arrested 1,479 smugglers in the last 10 years, 505 of whom have been sentenced.

$239 million worth of drugs were burnt at the event.— Photo by author
$239 million worth of drugs were burnt at the event.— Photo by author

He said Pakistan has been free of poppy since 2005, adding that in the past decade 298t of narcotics worth $896m have been set on fire.

He said drugs were being produced and smuggled the most in Afghanistan.

Curbing drugs smuggling at Pakistan's western border is a "great challenge for security institutions", he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control Mian Balighur Rehman said the drugs being burnt today were seized after "a lot of struggle".

He said curbing the drug business was hard work for the country, "but ANF is performing this difficult task".

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Kashmiri Dec 15, 2016 03:57pm

Should have sent them back to Afghanistan

Skeptic Dec 15, 2016 04:10pm

so much pollution that you really need to burn it ... that's insane! just dissolve it chemically, yeah, how to make a show out it then!!

Alba Dec 15, 2016 04:30pm

$200 million in Pakistan. $1 billion dollars in London. $2 billion in New York City.

Mahmood Dec 15, 2016 04:32pm

And millions around the city were left to breath the intoxicating fumes!

syedchaudhrygangadinkhan Dec 15, 2016 05:05pm

"Drugs worth $239m set ablaze at anti-narcotics ceremony in Rawalpindi:" Every once in a while smugglers allow this to happen to legitimize law enforcement agencies in the eyes of public. The issue s never what was caught but what was let through.

Sara Dec 15, 2016 05:06pm

The guard standing next to it will have the best high.

the end is near Dec 15, 2016 05:07pm

Ninety percent of world's heroin comes from Afghanistan. The Taliban are known not only to encourage farmers to grow the crop, they also sometimes provide funding to poor farmers who do not have money to plant opium.

RexImperio Dec 15, 2016 05:34pm

@the end is near Yeah, I am sure that explains why the Taliban placed a ban on opium production when they used to rule over Afghanistan.

DR.SALARIA AAMIR AHMAD Dec 15, 2016 05:40pm

What a loss to national exchequer,

jamal Dec 15, 2016 07:10pm

air must be high in the surrounding.

Seedoo Dec 15, 2016 07:19pm

Why not use it in the pharmaceutical industry to produce pain killers for people living with chronic pain?

shawn Dec 15, 2016 08:49pm

@Seedoo thats not enforces job to run pharma industry..... and good job drugs are destroying the west and we are at the gateway to the home of deadly drugs so its really important step.

Princess_of_DHUMP Dec 15, 2016 09:47pm

Wonder if someone just attends the ceremony to get high?

M.Saeed Dec 15, 2016 10:27pm

But still $ 270 billion worth of drugs from Afghanistan is a 1000 fold amount of the annual drug traffic to the US.

Blurle Dec 16, 2016 12:38am

Is there really a need to burn them to pollute the environment and make it worse. People have serious respiratory issues already due to lack of rain. I would request everyone to protect the greenary and try not to burn garbage as you may think its reducing trash but its harmful for everyone.

ali Dec 16, 2016 01:46am

oh thats fine, because drugs worth 21 billion are still being distributed :D

The Fake ZAK Dec 16, 2016 07:33am

what a waste ...could have been pumped into Udta Punjab