7 million people drug addicts in Pakistan: experts

FAISALABAD: Experts at a seminar on Thursday stressed the need for enhancing efforts to root out the menace of drug addiction from the society as 7 million people in the country are drug addicts and the number is increasing day by day.

They were addressing awareness seminar on “Impact of Drug Abuse” organized by Yong Development Corps, Senior Tutor Office, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) at Iqbal Auditorium UAF here Thursday. It was attended by hundreds of the students.

UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Zafar said that drug addiction was playing havoc with the lives of people and there was a need to create awareness among the masses about the menace.

He said the University had taken tangible steps for zero tolerance against drug addiction at the campus. He said that smoking and sale of cigarette had been strictly banned.

Noted psychiatrist Dr Asif Bajwa and Senior Tutor Dr Ather Javed also spoke on the occasion.

Customs authorities seized smuggled goods worth Rs.55.5m

PESHAWAR: Customs Collectorate Peshawar in different activities foiled the smuggling bids of illegal items worth Rs.55.2 million.

The seized goods were included non-duty paid vehicles, foreign manufactured cloth, bed sheets, mobile-chargers, tyrs, cigarettes, wielding rods and other items.  According to a press release, on the directives of the Collector Customs, Peshawar Gul Rehman, the customs authorities had tightened the noose around smuggling and accelerated operation in this regard.

According to a weekly report of the collectorat, customs authorities in raids against different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar in first action smuggled goods worth Rs.28.7 million were taken into possession. The seized goods were included non-duty paid vehicles.