President Mamnoon Hussain said that through proactive partnerships with the United Nations and other international organisations, the government is endeavouring for a drug-free Pakistan as well as making its mark in the efforts for a drug-free world.
The President, in his message on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed on June 26 every year, said Pakistan was ranked among the top three countries of the world in global narcotic seizures and stood among the leading countries to effectively interdict illicit drug trafficking through improved border surveillance.
“Making our community, our country and our world free from the menace of drugs is a responsibility shared by all humanity and the world. Each year, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a reminder for all of us to stay committed to our responsibility and do our part for this collective cause,” he said.
The President said it was an opportunity for stock taking and for planning future strategies to effectively combat the challenges of drug abuse and drug trafficking.
He said for decades, Pakistan had been making efforts and contributions to make the society drug-free. “It is only because of these untiring efforts that today we are a poppy free country,” he added.
President Mamnoon said the Government of Pakistan had been pursuing the objectives of eradication of drug trafficking under its Anti-Narcotics Policy 2010 and the Drug Control Master Plan 2010-2014.
“Our nation significantly comprises of youth and it is our responsibility to take care of this asset. Youth are the major victim of drug abuse and addiction and this is where we as a nation, as a society and as individuals need to fulfil our responsibilities,” the President remarked.
“Whether in the role of parents, brothers, sisters, teachers or community elders, all of us need to be vigilant and do our best to ensure that our loved ones are not provided access to harmful substances,” he added.
President Mamnoon said Narcotics Control Division, under the Ministry of Interior, was making significant efforts in curbing the menace of narcotics in our society.
He appreciated the organisation’s efforts and urged all stakeholders to remain steadfast in their struggle for a drug-free nation.
He also called upon the international community as well to play an even greater role in this regard and focus its attention towards the complete elimination of drug production.