80 percent of drugs entering the subcontinent are from Pakistan, says European reports

This has been revealed in a recent article titled ‘Demystifying the drug menace: Insights from convicted drug sellers’ published in EUReporter (EUReporter is a Brussels based European multimedia news platform, providing online news and video comme...

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NEW DELHI: Over 80 per cent of drugs or narcotics entering India are infiltrating from neighbouring Pakistan in what can be viewed as a startling revelation.

This has been revealed in a recent article titled ‘Demystifying the drug menace: Insights from convicted drug sellers’ published in EUReporter (EUReporter is a Brussels based European multimedia news platform, providing online news and video comment on EU and world affairs in all EU official languages).

This article is based on a survey in which 872 responses were collected. All these 872 were convicted under Indian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, according to EUReporter.


Majority of the drug peddlers (83.94%) alleged that the drugs are infiltrated in India from Pakistan. This was followed by Nepal (5.05%), and Afghanistan (4.24%).

“The study does provide some insights from the perspective of those convicted in the illegal drug related cases. Consequently, it may be useful to counsel individual at early age, particularly in schools about the menace of drug abuse. Also, health facilities and provision of rehabilitation must be strengthened,” according to EUReporter.

According to a recent report ‘Pakistan’s bigger plans of narco-terrorism’ by South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), an increasing number of exposed consignments on the India–Pakistan border containing narcotics as well as arms and ammunition were seized by the Border Security Force(BSF), particularly in Punjab, indicates expanding activities by terrorists and drug traders, in both quantitative and qualitative terms.
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“A remarkable example lies in an instance which occurred on June 29, 2019, when customs officials in Amritsar (near the Attari border) ceased a heroin cargo worth INR 2,700 crores intended to be smuggled into Kashmir. Furthermore, it is reported that the smugglers, in numerous cases, confessed that they were allowed to traffic narcotics across the border on the specific condition that they would take a consignment of weapons and ammunition to be delivered to terrorists in India,” according to SADF report.

Narco-terrorism is an integral component of Pakistan’s state-sponsorship of cross-border terrorism used so as to fund and conduct asymmetric warfare against its neighbours -foremost India- and achieve certain foreign policy goals, according to experts on the subject.

The involvement by the ISI and other Pakistani security sector agents in the trafficking of illicit narcotics so as to fund anti-Indian activities was disclosed to the Washington Post by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an interview published in September 1994’. Sharif stated that the then Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Aslam Beg and the then Director General (DG) of ISI General Asad Durrani ‘proposed a detailed “blue print” for selling heroin to pay for the country’s covert military operations’.”
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