11 Oct 2017/Wednesday
Narcotics smugglers from Pakistan have started using trained divers to cross the International Border (IB) into Indian Punjab. After the Border Security Force (BSF) stepped up its vigil, smugglers have started employing divers to navigate a 35km riverine area in Punjab’s Ferozpur, Gurdaspur and Amritsar sectors of the IB. BSF had recently introduced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), laser walls and thermal imagers along with larger deployment of men along the border to squeeze out the drug supply. BSF, which guards a 553km (518 km land and 33 km riverine) stretch of the IB along Punjab, has seized 729 kg narcotics (mostly heroin) worth hundreds of crores in the past three years. The new method to pump drugs into the state was discovered during the interrogation of a peddler, who said his consignment was delivered to him by a diver. Trained divers, equipped with complete gear, were using Satluj and Ravi rivers to enter Punjab. These divers reportedly carry trans-border communication through WhatsApp.
Pakistan is a lost state; the most heroin-addicted country in the world, reeling from an epidemic of hardcore drug abuse. According to report on by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Drug Use in Pakistan, there are 10 million people who use illicit substances, of which 7 million are considered drug-dependent. It is estimated that up to 44 tons of processed heroin are consumed in Pakistan annually and a further 110 tons of heroin and morphine are trafficked through Pakistan to international markets generating $2 billion a year. India is sandwiched between the Golden Crescent and Golden Triangle with neighbors on both sides leading the production and export of drugs in the world. Thus, both corners of India are a victim of a massive drug export. Maqboolpura, a village near Amritsar, Punjab is famous as village of widows where at least one man from each house has given up to this diabolical monster. Stricter actions need to be taken against Pakistan’s modus operandi, which is shamelessly minting money at the cost of dying youth. The fact that Pakistan has swallowed its own youth in jihad and drugs leaves no hope for it to mend it ways.