Getting society rid of drugs urgent need of time: Governor

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Staff Reporter

A delegation of volunteer women intending to take part actively in campaigning against drug abuse in educational institutions met Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and his wife on Saturday at the Governor House.
Under the initiative taken by Governor Sindh and his wife these volunteers would launch an awareness drive against drug abuse in schools.
Principal Secretary to Governor Sindh Khaqan Murtaza, Chief CPLC Zubair Habib, Medicine Specialist Dr Mahjabeen Islam and others were also present in the meeting.
The meeting discusses measures to tackle the issue and cure of drug addicts in detail.
Addressing the meeting, the Governor said that drugs were eating the youth of the country.
He said that getting the society rid of this menace and safeguarding our youth was the urgent need of the time.
Imran Ismail said that the elements involved in this disgusting business should be exposed and punished. The Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), Rangers and other law enforcement agencies were also playing an active role for the elimination of this menace.
The Governor went on to say that the main target of the drug peddlers were the students of schools, colleges and universities, so the surroundings of educational institutions need strict watch.
Imran Ismail added that the government was providing all possible assistance to the concerned agencies in this regard. Parents should also keep a vigil eye on the activities of their children.
He said that there were more than 6,000 private schools in Karachi. It was imperative that we educate school owners about this campaign in the first phase.
In the second phase, training for children in Rangers Rehabilitation Centers will be made in addition to providing training to make them a viable citizen of the society, as well as fundraising for the program.
The Governor also appealed to the media to play role in raising awareness among masses against the drug abuse.
Dr. Mahjabin on the occasion said that the drug rehabilitation centers in the city under various NGOs should also be included in the program.
She added that besides medications to drug addicts, it was important to communicate with them individually and collectively.
CPLC Chief informed the meeting that an anti-narcotics cell had been setup at CPLC.

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