Message from Federal Minister for Narcotics Control on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Islamabad: Today we are celebrating the International Drug Day. This day reminds us that it is our moral duty to endeavour to save our near and dear ones from the curse of narcotic drugs. This day will reinforce our resolve to help people who have unfortunately become drug addicts. This day also gives us a message to join hands with each other against this social evil which is gradually destroying our youth. On this occasion, we resolve that we will cooperate with each other in our fight against the curse of Narcotic Drugs and create awareness among our masses against drugs. This day we commit that we will undertake our efforts with full devotion and dedication to curb the menace of narcotics.

Ministry of Narcotics Control being cognizant of this tremendous challenge has taken a number of steps to control this menace. It is actively engaged in many areas relating to narcotics control. We have formulated a Five Year Drug Abuse control Master plan which provides a clear strategic roadmap. The new National Anti Narcotics Policy 2010 has been designed to meet new challenges and International Obligations. The Cabinet approved this Policy in July 2010 and now the policy is being implemented. An Inter Agency Task Force on Narcotics Control. So as to maximize effectiveness of the LEAs has been set up. We are progressing towards Drug Free Pakistan through a Drug Free City and Drug Free Home. In this regard, Lahore city has been declared to be a Drug Free City. A project of Rs. 100 million has been launched for this purpose.

I hope that every segment of society will play its due role in controlling the menace of narcotic drugs as a shared responsibility and Insha-Allah we will win our fight against our common enemy ‘Narcotics’ through mutual cooperation.

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