Myanmar not cooperating

Says home minister on preventing drug smuggling

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has expressed concern over the lack of cooperation from Myanmar in preventing drug smuggling across the border.

Addressing a press conference on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking yesterday, Kamal pointed out that the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar poses significant challenges in terms of control.

“To enhance border surveillance, the government has taken steps to acquire helicopters and is increasing the number of border guards, along with improving their training,” he said.

The minister emphasised government’s commitment to combat narcotics smuggling and its collaboration with international community to address the issue.

He stressed that creating awareness among people about the dangers of narcotics is a key aspect of their approach. Bangladesh will observe the day on July 30 this year.

Kamal outlined three strategies to establish a drug-free Bangladesh.

The first strategy focuses on reducing demand and involving public engagement in awareness campaigns against drug use. The second strategy aims to disrupt supply chain of drugs, focusing on curbing production and trafficking.

The third strategy focuses on minimising the harm caused by drugs, with an emphasis on providing treatment and rehabilitation for individuals struggling with addiction.

Kamal pointed out that a significant number of prisoners in Bangladesh are incarcerated for drug-related offenses.

The minister reiterated the government’s strong commitment to building a drug-free Bangladesh and urged all to cooperate in these efforts.

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