GC University Lahore celebrated the International day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26th, 2021. An awareness-raising seminar was organized in its historic Bokhari Auditorium to stimulate a sense of responsibility and understanding among the students.
Prof. Dr. Shakil Malik, Eminent Neuropsychiatrist, Sussex University UK, MPA Talath Fatima Naqvi, MPA Zainab Umair, Senator Dr. Zarqa Taimoor Suharwardey and the Vice-Chancellor Government College University Lahore Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi (TI) participated in the session. Force Commander Anti-Narcotics Force Regional Directorate Punjab Brig. Rashid Minhas was the chief guest of the ceremony.
All the speakers stressed that Drug abuse prevention is crucial for the sustainability and development of the country. Crime, aggression, mental, moral and physical illnesses, productivity and governance of the state are directly related to the numbers of drug addicts. The importance of drug abuse control cannot be overemphasized.
MPA Talath Fatima Naqvi and MPA Zainab Umair said that the menace of drug addiction is as dangerous as terrorism because both kill. Subsequently, Senator Dr. Zarqa Taimur Suharwardy said that the problem of drug addiction starts from one’s home. So, we have to uproot the issue from its initial stages. Force Commander Anti-Narcotics Force RD Punjab Brig. Rashid Minhas emphasized on the importance of observation and reiterated that it is the individual and collective responsibility of everyone to join hands with Anti-Narcotics Force to eliminate this evil from our society. He further added that the magnitude of drug menace not only undermines global public health, socio-economic synopsis and international stability but it has also become an issue of national security for Pakistan.
The Vice Chancellor Government College University Lahore Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi (TI) said that keeping in view the legacy of leadership, GCU took upon itself the challenge of making its campus drug free and initiated its program with the slogan “Drug abuse prevention not through Sermons but by Science”. He told that an elaborated program of prevention will be rolled out incorporating latest scientific technology being used in centers of excellence in the West. The program is aimed at primary drug abuse prevention by developing psycho-social resilience and set of leadership skills in students needed to combat the stresses and strains of contemporary society. This is to be achieved through an elaborate capacity building initiative of the entire teaching staff. Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore and other guests appreciated the efforts of Anti-Narcotics Force Punjab for combating the supply and demand reduction of illicit narcotic drugs nationwide. The ceremony concluded with an awareness walk led by Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi and Brig. Rashid Minhas.