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Afghanistan and Pakistan


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The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) is focused on combating the narcotics trade and building the capacity of the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan to provide justice and security to their people. INL directs and oversees critical foreign assistance programs which support the justice sectors in these two countries central to U.S. national security interests. INL also plays works closely with interagency partners, including the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, as well as multilateral organizations. INL designs programs to increase adherence to the rule of law; prevent corruption and other crimes; support counternarcotics efforts; provide justice sector and law enforcement training; and develop a safe, secure, and humane corrections system. In Afghanistan, INL is engaged in a variety of programs including capacity building and training for host government officials -- police, prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, and ministry staff. INL is also working to increase awareness of the rights of women and children.

Afghanistan produces over 80 percent of the world’s illicit opiates. The illicit cultivation, production, trafficking, and consumption of narcotics in Afghanistan undermines governance and public health, fuels corruption and insecurity, and funds the insurgency. INL implements a holistic counternarcotics program in partnership with the Afghan Government, including eradication, interdiction, alternative development, public information, and demand reduction.

In Pakistan, INL’s primary areas of focus are border security programs, law enforcement reform and capacity building, and counternarcotics. INL works with police, prosecutors, and corrections officials in Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh to expand the operational reach of police, improve law and order, combat violent extremism, and improve Pakistan’s ability to prosecute and detain criminals.

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