Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF)

The Anti-Narcotics Force is the attached Department of Narcotics Control Division, the principal agency for combating supply and demand reduction of illicit narcotic drugs that enter Pakistan mainly through the long porous border with Afghanistan. These drugs are then smuggled out of Pakistan through the Pak-Iran border, long Makran coast or by sea and air. The national strategy on drug interdiction envisages active and effective cooperation from other law enforcement agencies as the ANF is thinly spread due to its inadequate numerical strength. The other law enforcement agencies are the Provincial Excise & Taxation and Police Departments, Pakistan Customs, Frontier Corps in the provinces of Baluchistan and KPK, Pakistan Rangers Sindh and Punjab, the Pakistan Coast Guards and Maritime Security Agency. The ANF has its Headquarters at Rawalpindi with five Regional Directorates at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta. In addition, it has 25 Police Stations in the country. Six Control of Narcotic Substances (CNS) Courts have been set up to try the cases of persons arrested on the charges of drug trafficking.  

Mandate of ANF

  1. Inquire into, investigate and prosecute all offences relating to or connected with, preparation, production, manufacture, transportation, illicit trafficking or smuggling of intoxicants, narcotics and chemical precursors or reagents used in the manufacture of narcotics, or any offence committed in the course of the same transaction under any law for the time being in force, including an attempt or conspiracy to commit, or any abetment of, any such offence, or any offence committed under the Control of Narcotics Substances Ordinance, 1996 (XCIV of 1996), or the Prohibition (Enforcement of Hadd) Order, 1979 (P.O 4 of 1979).

  2. Trace and freeze the assets.

  3. Provide assistance and advice to other Enforcement Agencies on all matters in the field of Narcotics and to collect information from all National and International Enforcement Agencies about illicit Narcotic traffic and traffickers

  4. Maintain liaison with all National or International Narcotics authorities, Organizations, bodies, associations and represent Pakistan in such conferences, seminars and workshops arranged by any such Organization on Narcotics related matters

  5. Arrange and co-ordinate training of own staff and members of other Enforcement Agencies in various aspects of Narcotics Enforcement

  6. Co-ordinate the project and schemes for elimination and destruction of poppy cultivation

  7. Perform any other related functions which may be assigned to it by the Federal Government

 Organization of ANF