Illicit drugs are a menace says Pakistani PresidentListen /
Pakistan has called for international collective action to tackle the problem of drugs in Afghanistan.
President Asif Ali Zardari’s call came as world leaders spoke on various issues of concern during the general debate in the General Assembly on Tuesday.
He said that his government is coordinating with its neighbours to combat the problem of the illegal trade in heroin.
"Despite the presence of international forces in Afghanistan, the size of the heroin trade has increased by 3,000 per cent in the last decade. The heroin industry is eroding the social fabric of our societies. Terrorist activities within our region and indeed all over the world are funded and fuelled by the unrestricted production and sale of illegal drugs."
President Zardari announced that Pakistan and its neighbours will hold a conference later this year to develop a unified approach to stamping out this drug trade.