Narcotics Control Division

Pakistan Narcotics Board (PNB) was set up in 1957 in the Revenue Division (Central Board of Revenue). The Pakistan Narcotics Board consisted of representatives from the Provincial Governments and some Federal Ministries/Divisions. Pakistan ratified the single Convention on narcotics drugs, 1961 on August 15, 1965. To meet obligations under the said Convention, the Government of Pakistan established the Pakistan Narcotics Control Board (PNCB) through a declaration on 8th March, 1973.

The Narcotics Control Division (NCD) was established in 1989 and the Pakistan Narcotics Control Board (PNCB) became its attached department. The Anti Narcotics Task Force (ANTF) was also established in 1991. On February 21, 1995, PNCB and ANTF were merged to constitute Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) as an attached department of Narcotics Control Division thereafter ANF has been re-organized through ANF Act 1997. The Narcotics Control Division was given the status of a full-fledged ministry in 2002 up to 2013. In July 2013, NCD was made part of Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control.    

Functions of the Narcotics Control Division:

 The assigned functions of the Narcotics Control Division (NCD) as given in the Rules of Business, 1973, are as under:

i.        Policy on all aspects of narcotics and dangerous drugs, such as production, processing, marketing, import, export, transshipment and trafficking etc., in conformity with national objectives, laws and international conventions and agreements. 

ii.       Legislation covering all aspects of narcotics and psychotropic substances and matters ancillary thereto, in consultation with the concerned Ministries/Divisions, etc.  

iii.      Bilateral and multilateral cooperation with foreign countries against narcotics trafficking and all other international aspects of narcotics including negotiations for bilateral and multilateral agreements for mutual assistance and cooperation in the field of enforcement of narcotic laws.  

iv.      Coordination of aid/assistance from foreign countries and of narcotics control interdiction for poppy crop substitution. 

v.       Policy on drug education, treatment and rehabilitation of narcotics/drugs addicts and grants-in-aid to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in these fields.

vi.      Inter-provincial coordination on all aspects of narcotics and dangerous drugs. 

vii.     Monitoring of the implementation of policies on all aspects of narcotics and dangerous drugs. 

viii.    Regulation of administrative, budgetary and other matters of the ANF.