Head of the State Anti-drug Committee, Director of the Federal Service of the Russian Federation
On 26-29 March, 2012 the Head of the State Anti-drug Committee, Director of the Federal Service of the Russian Federation for Narcotics Traffic Control (FSNC) Victor Ivanov paid a visit to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Victor Ivanov met with Minister for Narcotics Control Haji Khuda Bux Rajar and the Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control Zafar Abbas Lak, the Director General of the Anti Narcotics Force of Pakistan Syed Shakeel Hussain, the Minister of Interior Rehman Malik, theminister for Defence Chaudhry Akhmed Muhtar and Chief of General Staffwaheedarshad. In the course of the visit they discussed a wide range of issues in the sphere of counter narcotics cooperation between two countries. In particular, they discussed toppriority goals of combating Afghan drugs. It is said, Russia and Pakistan attract special attention of crime syndicates which are interested in drug transit, drug sale and money laundering. The cooperation between FSNC of Russia and law enforcement agencies of Pakistan has recently become more active, the joint operations have been conducted, there has been exchange of information. The problems of diminution in drug demand, drug abuse prevention and elaboration of mechanism of conducting new joint operation against illicit drug traffickingwere discussed during the meetings with the heads of the specialized and security services. The legal base of bilateral counter narcotics cooperation between Russia and Pakistan is the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on cooperation in combating illicit traffic of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their abuse of 8 of June, 1997 and the Agreement between the Federal Service of the Russian Federation for Narcotics Traffic Control and Ministry of Narcotics Control of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on cooperation in combating illicit traffic of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors of 7 ofoctober, 2010. In 2005 – 2011 there were some meetings and consultations between the representatives of FSNC of Russia and MNC of Pakistan including those between their heads and the parties expressed mutual interest in development of interagency collaboration. In furtherance of decisions of Dushanbe summit of 2011 of the Presidents of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan (December, 2011) the 1st meeting of experts of “Centralasia Counter Narcotics Quartet” was conducted “on the sidelines” of the Regional Counter Narcotics Operation “Channel-2011” where Russia suggested a
project of counter narcotics “roadmap”.
On the 5th of March, 2012 the bilateral negotiations between the Director of FSNC of Russia Victor Ivanov and the Minister of Narcotics Control of Pakistan Haji Khuda Bux Rajar took place where the parties signed Joint statement of FSNC of Russia and MNC of Pakistan on bilateral cooperation in combating drugs and Plan of joint actions of FSNC of Russia andmncof Pakistan on cooperation in countering the drug threat during the period of 2012 – 2014.