Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF)

Definition - What does Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) mean?

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) is a federal branch of the Pakistani government tasked with the enforcement of Pakistani laws related to illegal drug manufacture, distribution, sale and use. It's equivalent in purpose and function to the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). However, it has the additional mandate of setting up rehabilitation centers and treatment programs for addicts.

It was formed in 1995 with the merger of two other similarly focused agencies; the Anti-Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) and the Pakistan Narcotics Control Board (PNCB). As of the start of 2018, the Director General of the ANF is Major-General Musarrat Nawaz Malik, HI(M).

MaximumYield explains Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF)

Though it can trace its origins possibly as far back as 1957 with the creation of the Pakistan Narcotics Board (PNB), the ANF’s role may be quickly diminishing. A bill introduced in late 2017 proposed that enforcement of narcotics by the Anti-Narcotics Force should be relegated only to airports and “dryports”. The passage of the 18th amendment of the Pakistani constitution rendered the enforcement of narcotics laws in the domain of each individual province.

The ANF, as a federal agency would therefore only be liable for the enforcement of narcotics laws on federally-controlled sites in Pakistan.

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