Message from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on International Day against Drug Abuse

Islamabad, June 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking invites our attention to the dangers drugs pose to the individuals, families, communities and society on the whole. The menace of drugs is formidable, warranting rapid response at various levels. It is alarming that prevalence of drugs amongst youth is greater than other age groups.

The government would eliminate this menace with help of the community, non-profit social organizations and media. There is a need to sensitize the youth about dangers of drugs. Media has a key role to play in this regard. Parents and families have also huge obligation to fulfill. Youth is our precious national asset and future of this country. They cannot and must not be left at the mercy of drugs and drug dealers.

The present democratic government has assigned the highest priority to control narcotics and initiated far reaching policy measures to counter the menace of drug abuse.

In line with our global commitments, we look forward to forging cooperation with the world community to control the scourge of drugs and illicit trafficking. Pakistan is a signatory to global conventions and protocols pertaining to control of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. Our efforts for narcotics control are aligned with our global commitments and international conventions.

I am confident that with the commitment and dedication of the community, media, and the government, we will achieve our shared goal of a drug free Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326

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