Senate body for controlling drugs in Islamabad’s educational institutions

ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Friday expressed its concern over the increasing trend of drug use in the educational institutions of Islamabad.
The committee which met at the parliament house under chairmanship of Senator Mohsin Aziz stressed the need of legislation to make drug tests mandatory in the institutions. Chairman committee underlined the need for starting an awareness campaign in the educational institutions and taking concrete measures to check use of drugs besides establishment of rehabilitation centres in the city.
The committee observed that students are the future of Pakistan and also urged the parents to play their role in checking the menace. The committee chairman said that use of drugs in the educational institutions of Islamabad has increased alarmingly. As the chairman asked for immediately starting drug tests in the institutions, Senators Kamran Murtaza suggested that it required legislation otherwise no one will be willing to undergo the test.
DIG (Operations) Islamabad police told the committee that the police seized 1300grams of ice, 3kg of heroin, and 11kg of charas. He said the police were taking action against those selling drugs in the educational institutions of Islamabad. He told the committee that the police also arrested 175 bootleggers from around the educational institutions of Islamabad during the past two months.
CDA officials told the committee that the tendering process for development work in sector I-12 would be completed by July this year as the committee announced to visit the site in July to review progress in the development work. The chairman directed the CDA to submit a report regarding maintenance work in the government houses in Islamabad after having a meeting with the officials of ministry of finance and ministry of housing and works. The committee also recommended the CDA to construct high-rise after razing the old government accommodations. The committee also asked the CDA to launch an anti-encroachment operation first against the influential people. CDA chairman told the committee that 25 percent of sector I-12 has been developed, anaxd added the Authority does not have Rs 1 billion funds to develop the sector. He said that he took charge of the CDA in 2019 when it was going to be bankrupt. CDA chief told the committee that shifting of katchi abadis is a sensitive issue. He said 10 katchi abadis are being shifted within the city and work in this regard has already started. He said 400 apartments are being constructed at Frash Town to shift the residents of katchi abadis and those will be allotted in 2022.

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