Illicit Trafficking and Border Management


Pakistan is a transit, destination country for drugs and precursor chemicals. It is also a transit, source and destination country for trafficked persons and smuggling of migrants. This illicit traffic in narcotics and human beings poses significant challenges to border management, a critical issue for economic development and national security.

Sub-Programme I (SP-I) will focus on helping the country's law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to provide a secure environment for the people of Pakistan, which is free from illicit trafficking, human trafficking, migrant smuggling, and other Trans-organised Crime (TOC) related activities. The work will be carried out through the  continued capacity building of the LEAs, particularly those operating along the western border region, with a focus on inter-agency and cross-border cooperation.

These regions show a higher level of drug dependence, and are home to the most significant drug trafficking routes.


Programme Deliverables

The SP-I is designed to enhance the core capacities of Pakistan's LEAs to counter illicit trafficking and more effectively manage borders. This includes basic and specialized training and capacity-building assistance through provision of operational equipment. 

In addition, a significant component is related to promoting and supporting regional cooperation forums for Information-sharing, joint training and operational collaboration between regional and international counterpart agencies. A significant component of the work will consist of building the capacity of communities those are particularly vulnerable and could potentially fall victim to the transnational criminal syndicates in affected regions such as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. 

Continuous consultation with civil society in collaboration with government stakeholders will contribute to ensuring that the programme activities are inclusive, involve the beneficiaries, and raise awareness amongst the general public regarding challenges related to illicit trafficking and the activities of TOC networks.


The scope and focus of the work is outlined as per the following outcomes and outputs: