ISLAMABAD - The vice chancellors and heads of as many as 18 universities and educational institutions functioning in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) have reportedly given a cold shoulder response to the capital police chief’s   campaign to stop drug abuse, violent extremism and illegal activities in educational institutions of capital city, informed reliable sources on Monday.

Following the reports of high sale/use of drugs, illegal and other anti-social activities in the educational institutions in the federal capital, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir Khan wrote letters to the VCs and heads of a total of 18 educational institutions, seeking their support for prevention of violent extremism and other illegal activities including use/sale of drugs in the learning institutions, they said.

However, none of the VCs and heads of these varsities, colleges and seminaries had assured their cooperation to the chief of capital police despite receiving the letter, sources said.

They said that IGP Dr Akbar Nasir Khan has been planning to launch a crackdown on the drug dealers involved in selling narcotics in the educational institutions in Islamabad and he sought help of the VCs and heads of learning institutions as students have a key role to play to stop drug abuse in educational institutions.

The IGP letter stated, “It has been observed with grave concern that   there is a high likelihood of drugs, illegal activities and other anti-social activities inside the premises of educational institutions due to multiple factors including free access to the premises in urban areas and learning institutions,” said the letter.

The letter requested the heads of educational institutions to work proactively and in close liaison with the Islamabad police and its representatives to help in taking preventive action against all such illegal activities.

When contacted, IGP Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir Khan confirmed letters were sent to the VCs and heads of as many as 18 varsities and educational institutions, seeking their help to wipe out menace of drugs from the learning institutions but nobody responded yet.