ISLAMABAD – Minister for Narcotics Control Syed Ijaz Shah Wednesday said that the government would open one more center in the capital for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
Addressing a drug-burning ceremony organized by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) here, he said, “We are fighting to eliminate the drug menace from the country effectively but there are only three drug rehabilitation centers which are extremely insufficient for treatment of the patients.” Among others, the ceremony was attended by the diplomatic staff, students of universities, schools, and colleges besides renowned actors. The minister asked the private sector, having enough resources, to come forward and play their role in establishing such facilities in the country so that timely treatment and rehabilitation of the treatment could be carried out efficiently.
The federal government alone could not deal with the problem as there were six million drug addicts in the country as per the year 2012 report, he said adding the federal and provincial departments, and masses would have to make joint efforts to purge the menace of drugs from the society.
He asked the masses especially the youth to join hands with the government to eliminate drugs from society and ensure the safety of future generations.
The minister also stressed upon cutting the supply line besides taking measures for the drug reduction demand, with special focus on the awareness-raising and rehabilitation of drug addicts in the society. “We are not the drug-producing state, but a victim of drugs,” he said.
The minister appealed to the young generation to wage a holy war against drugs and work together to make Pakistan a drug-free state. “We have to fight on a war-footing against the menace by joining hands with each other,” he added.
He said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government had devised the first-ever anti-narcotics policy at federal, provincial, and district levels to fight against the menace with collective efforts.
Pointing out the shortage of ANF staff, the minister said that 4,000 staff was not enough to fight this hazard.
He also congratulated ANF Director General Major General Ghulam Shabeer Narejo for arranging the drug-burning ceremony.
On the occasion, the DG ANF said Pakistan was working with the United Nations and neighbouring countries to control drug traffickers.
The DG said the money being collected from the drugs was used in terrorist activities.
He also informed the ceremony participants that the two jawans of the ANF had embraced martyrdom in Balochistan while fighting with the smugglers.
He said the ANF was in the practice of holding regular seminars in educational institutions to create awareness among the students against drug use.