Sindh University’s Directorate of Students’ Affairs arranged an anti-narcotics walk in a bid to create awareness among the students about the detriments of consuming tobacco, ice, gutkas and other intoxicating drugs here on Wednesday.

Led by the Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) Prof. Dr Khalil-ur-Rehman Khoumbati, Director Students’ Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Younis Leghari, Student Welfare Officer Allah Wadhayo Sahito, Deputy Director Girls Students’ Affairs Dr. Najma Nawaz Channa, Director Pakistan Study Center Dr. Shuja Ahmed Mahesar, Provost Boys Hostel Dr. Pasand Ali Khoso, Director Estate Rafique Ali Brohi, Manzoor Ali Panhwar, Kashif Ali Narejo, Zulfiqar Ali Rustamani and a large number of teachers, officers, employees and students were in attendance in the walk.

The walk started from the Central Library which passed through the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science (IMCS) and returned to the Central Library, where it converted into a procession. The participants taking banners and placards in their hands were chanting slogans against the sale and purchase of the illicit drugs and terming it a menace.

Addressing on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Khalil-ur-Rehman Khoumbati said that it was important to abstain from illegal and intoxicating drugs, because of intoxication, people lost their lives and many families were ruined.

He said that all the narcotics including cigarettes, hashish, opium and ice were extremely harmful to human health adding that the trend of consuming drugs were increasing among the youth.

“Students should take care of their health and not succumb to drugs so that their lives are safe and a healthy society is ensured,” he said.

Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences Prof. Dr. Wazir Ali Baloch said that the youth should focus on education so that they could become the best members of the society and serve the country and the nation.

He said that in order to meet the challenges of the future, one should acquire skills in one’s respective field along with higher education, as in future there might be great challenges for grabbing employment due to cut-throat competition taking place everyday.

“Our youth should prepare themselves for the challenged to be posed in future. They must avoid using drugs”, he said.

He said that drug addiction led to destruction, however higher education, research and skills’ development could lead to prosperity and affluence.

“Young people have to think about whether they want their own destruction or prosperity in the future”, he added.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Sindh University Mirpurkhas Campus Professor Dr Imam-ud-Din Khoso said that dealing in illegal drugs was a bigger crime than consuming drugs adding that the law was required to take it’s course against such businesses.

“Drugs destroy human life by licking like termites and they die before their age after living a miserable life, so educated youth have to save their lives,” he said.

He said that young people should also refrain from smoking as cigarettes were the root cause of all narcotics.

Chairman Department of Criminology Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Narejo suggested that a subject on illicit drugs needed to be included in the syllabus of all disciplines at the university level so that the youth might know how dangerous and harmful to life the use of narcoticswas!

He said that youngsters started using drugs from matriculation and intermediate and then they did not give up this habit till university life.

“Teenagers do not have parental checks and balances, which makes them addiction to narcotics”, he established.

He said if parents kept a close eye on their children, they will not use drugs, after which they will avoid them even after coming to the universities.

Manager Sindh University Press Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah said that drug addiction was a menace which was causing havoc in the society.

“Drugs start with smoking, therefore, the parents need to keep check on their kids” he said.

He said the young people started smoking while being part of the bad company, consequently, they ought to be barred not to join such company.

He said that a cigarette addict continued to use hashish, alcohol, ice, gutka and other narcotics, for which law enforcement agencies should take action.

Muhammad Ali Ghanghro, Dr. Nek Muhammad Shaikh and others also spoke.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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