Huge demand in India behind drug smuggling: Pak

Pakistan on Wednesday blamed the "huge demand of narcotics in Indian society" for the spurt in narcotics smuggling from neighbouring country into India.

Notably, the BSF has, in 2012 alone, seized heroin worth Rs 1,400 crore in international market smuggled from Pakistan into Punjab.

"Unfortunately, because of huge demand of narcotics in Indian society there is this kind of thing,"

Pakistan Rangers Deputy Director General (Punjab) Brigadier Muhammad Jamil said.

Jamil, who led a delegation of Pak Rangers to Indian side of Attari border for a Indo-Pak quarterly coordination meeting, replying to media queries on the huge rise in narcotics smuggling from across the border.

Meanwhile, BSF Deputy Inspector General P S Bains took a note of the remark and sought "more serious approach" from Pakistan.

"We expect more serious approach from our friends across the border who are entrusted with the task of guarding the border on their side," Bains said, commenting on Jamil's statement.

Jamil wondered how "in the presence of such an elaborate Indian defence system" some people (smugglers) can cross the border. He said Pakistan was doing its job "effectively" to check the cross border smuggling through patrolling and naka system.

Sources, later told that during the meeting with BSF officials Pakistani Rangers outrightly rejected India's contention on the tunnel that was discovered in Samba sector that "no origin of tunnel was found on the Pakistan side".

Among the other issues that were discussed in the meeting were matters pertaining to defence construction, firing incidents, border problems, inadvertent border crossings, smuggling of arms, ammunition and fake Indian currency and matters of mutual interest.

The Indian delegation included BSF DIGs from Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan Frontiers and BSF headquarters New Delhi, besides representatives of Narcotics Control Bureau. Pakistan delegation included sector commanders and senior officers of Pakistan Rangers headquarters Lahore and senior representatives of Pakistani anti-narcotics force.

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