Senate body passes resolution against Indian minister’s statement

  • Chairman committee says Modi suffers from anti-Pakistan syndrome
  • Committee also discusses drugs use in educational institutes of the federal capital
  • Brigadier Basharat of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) said the usage of cocaine was on the rise in the society
  • Rehman Malik says charas (hashish) is the addiction of the poor while the rich use cocaine and ecstasy
  • Dean Quaid-e-Azam University says drugs are being supplied in his varsity

Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Wednesday strongly condemned and passed a resolution against Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement to break Pakistan into pieces.

The senate body which met here under the chairmanship of Senator Rahman Malik said the statement validated Pakistan’s claim of Indian interference in its internal affairs.

“We consider it against our national integrity and the diplomatic norms and demand the government to summon the Indian High Commissioner in the wake of [this] statement which is highly objectionable and condemnable.”

The resolution also urged the international community and the United Nation (UN) to take serious notice of the aggressive statement by Indian Home Minster. Chairman committee said Prime Minster Narendra Modi was suffering from anti-Pakistan syndrome.

The body also discussed the matter of narcotics usage in the educational institutions of the federal capital. Director FG colleges informed that there was no complaint of narcotics use in any educational institution working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). Secretary Narcotics Control Ejaz Ali Khan said that they had contacted the provincial educational institutions to control the menace of drugs usage at their level. He said about 4.25 million people were addicted to narcotics throughout the country.

Brigadier Basharat of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) said the usage of cocaine was on the rise in the society. He said the age of heroin user has decreased by three to four years, adding that heroin was more injurious to health than opium. “We are creating awareness in the schools against usage of narcotics. We have given lectures in 87 schools so far in this regard,” he added.

Rahman Malik asked to take strict action against those schools where narcotics were being supplied. He said charas (hashish) was the addiction of the poor while the rich used cocaine and ecstasy. He also said that alcohol is usually not considered a drug.

Senator Israr Khan Zehri pointed out some areas in Balochistan where hashish was being produced. Brigadier Basharat requested Israr Zehri to provide details in this regard as production and cultivation of drugs is illegal.

The committee was informed that police, Rangers and sensitive organization had recovered heavy ammunition, weapons and narcotics and arrested 18 people in an operation from adjacent areas of Islamabad Expressway.

Rahman Malik said narcotics were a major role in terrorism.

Dean Quaid-e-Azam University told that all kind of narcotics were being supplied in the jurisdiction of the varsity. Rehman Malik directed the authorities concerned to launch a combing operation against the drug dealers in the university area.

He also directed the secretary interior to employ reserve police in the university and establish a police post.

Islamabad police also gave in-camera briefing about the killing of Dr Shahid of PIMS.