Don’t spare merchants of death

FOLLOWING a survey report of an NGO, which revealed that 53% of students at elite schools are drug addict, there are also reports that drugs are being openly sold even in institutions like Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad and LUMS in Lahore. Allegedly, the menace is so common at QAU that on entry from all the three gates, touts and drug sellers openly ask students about their preference for narcotics and provide the substance instantly.
A report of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) last year indicated that almost eight million students have become drug addict causing threat to future of the country. Province-wise data stated that students of Sindh region were on top in drug usage, Punjab at second position, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at third position while the students of Balochistan are at last position in the drug usage. The ANF also declared its intention to launch a campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the educational institutions but increasing number of student addicts shows the pledge remains unfulfilled. It is, of course, duty of parents as well to keep a vigil on the activities and behaviour of their children but presence of menace of narcotics at campuses of educational institutions speaks volumes about lack of interest of the federal government, the relevant institutions and more so heads of these institutions to a problem that could eat into the very fabric of our society. It is responsibility of the administration of the educational institutions to report such activities to Police and ANF, which should take strict action against them. Open sale and purchase of narcotics is yet another manifestation of the fact that both federal and provincial governments and their machinery are insensitive to real issues facing people of Pakistan. Agencies concerned should focus on netting those involved in crime against humanity and ensure they are sent to gallows.

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