The head of Iran's Anti-Narcotics Police announced readiness to expand cooperation with Pakistan in the fight against drug trafficking.

Iran PressAsia: Brigadier. General Majid Karimi, Chief of Iran's Anti-Narcotics Police, said on Tuesday during a meeting with Pakistan's Minister of Narcotics Control, Ejaz Ahmad Shah in Islamabad: "The main problem with the increase in the production and trafficking of narcotics, is the presence of Western forces that have entered the region under the pretext of fighting terrorism and have made it difficult to fight traffickers."

Brig. Gen. Karimi called for an immediate response by Pakistani forces on the border with Iran in the event of any clashes or the pursuit of smugglers by border guards.

Welcoming the presence of the Iranian delegation in Islamabad, the Pakistani Minister of Narcotics Control also stressed the need to strengthen Iran-Pakistan border cooperation and welcomed Iran's proposals to effectively combat drug trafficking.

Ejaz Ahmad Shah also promised to follow up on the fate of three Iranian border guards abducted by drug traffickers and transferred to Pakistan.

Iran's Anti-Narcotics Police Chief visited the Pakistan Anti-Narcotics Academy in Islamabad and then traveled to the southern city of Karachi to meet with Pakistan Maritime Security Agency officials.

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