LAHORE: World Anti-Narcotics Day is being observed with a resolve to continue the fight against narcotics and to raise public awareness about the harmful effects of drugs. Drug trafficking has its arms spread in financing terrorist organisations and a number of criminal activities. Despite strict international drug laws, the number of drug dependents and drug traffickers are steadily increasing across the country.
Punjab Rangers Director General Maj Gen Khan Tahir Javaid Khan expressed the resolve of Pakistan Army regarding its mission to not allow any drug smuggler to undermine the image of Pakistan as a peace-loving country and will safeguard the younger generation from becoming victim of narcotics at any cost. While addressing the drug burning ceremony on the eve of International Anti-Narcotics Day held at Wagah check post on Thursday, DG Rangers said Pakistan Army realizes its obligations as saviour of geopolitical as well as ideological frontiers of Pakistan.
“The commissioned officers and Jawans of Punjab Rangers deployed at 1300-kilometer long frontier with India are performing their sacred duty to safeguard every inch of our beloved country. The operation to enforce law against drug paddlers involved in spoiling our younger generation just in the lust to mint money overnight will continue till these anti-social elements are taken to task. Besides this, the drug demand reduction activities by launching awareness campaign against drug use will be further fortified and we will seek practical cooperation from the international community in this connection,” he added. Maj. Gen. Khan Tahir Javaid lauded the efforts of Punjab Anti-Narcotics Force, in curbing the drug menace with the collaboration of Investigation Branch of the Punjab Police and officials of Punjab Excise & Taxation Department, under Drug Free Lahore City Project, and hoped that this successful project will definitely result in reducing the crime rate in society as the money minted through drug trafficking is also used to promote anti-social activities and terrorism in the country.
Punjab Anti Narcotics Force Commander Brig Sayed Mehmoodul-Hassan, Lahore Secretary Excise and Taxation, Khalid Masoud Chaudhary, Secretary Home Department Maj Retired Azam Suleman Khan, Lahore FIA Director Dr Usman Anwar Lahore DIG Operations, Lahore DIG Investigation and other relevant senior officers of Army and Punjab police set ablaze drugs weighing 150 tonnes on this occasion while thousands of liters of bottles of liquor were also crushed into pieces by running heavy duty road roller over these bottles of illegal wine smuggled from India.
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