Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has expressed his concern over drug peddling in educational institutions and promised that strict legislation would be enacted to stop it.

During a meeting with Punjab Assembly (PAP) Speaker Sibtain Khan with Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at his office, he discussed legislation and other issues.

The chief minister expressed his concern over drug peddling in educational institutions and vowed that strict legislation would be enacted to stop it. The draft of the Punjab Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 2022 will be finalized soon to make it law after passing from the Punjab Assembly as soon as possible, he added. It is the joint responsibility to save the new generation from the menace of drugs, he stressed and pointed out that the foreign ambassadors, including the World Bank, have appreciated the efforts of narcotics control and offered their cooperation.

The chief minister disclosed that an autonomous agency would be established in Punjab to deal with drugs. Similarly, anti-narcotics courts and district-level anti-narcotics police stations would also be set up, he added. The owners and employees of educational institutions would also be held responsible for the sale and purchase of drugs and those assisting the sale and use of drugs would be brought under the net of the law, he concluded.

Sibtain Khan assured the chief minister of his full cooperation for the approval of Punjab Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 2022 as law.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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