SC seeks report from provinces over narcotics use in educational institutes


–Top judge orders launch of awareness campaign against illegal use of drugs

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday summoned reports from the provincial governments over the consumption of drugs in educational institutions.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the CJP, heard a case pertaining to drugs consumption in schools and colleges across the country.

The top judge remarked that at least three deaths have been reported due to drugs consumption by students. The top judge also ordered for the launch of an awareness campaign against the illegal use of drugs.

“Who is supplying drugs to these children?” the chief justice inquired.

The bench asked about the compliance report of a court order to the government for the establishment of a body over the matter.

The CJP said that it is a national issue and ordered the provincial governments to submit their reports over the matter.

Earlier, during a hearing on November 30, the apex court bench, headed by the CJP, directed the federal government and provinces to submit monthly progress reports against the use of narcotics in educational institutions.

During the proceeding, the CJP asked that “who is responsible to curb the drug peddling” and maintained that “drugs are easily available in the educational institutions”.

Earlier, State Minister for Interior Shaharyar Afridi claimed that a survey had indicated that 75 per cent of female students and 45 per cent of male students in Islamabad’s elite schools frequently use drugs.