Minister: (Narcotics Control Ministry, PCB join hands to raise awareness campaign on drugs at PSL-5)

Islamabad

ISLAMABAD:Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have agreed to jointly raise awareness among the general public and cricket lovers on the hazardous effects of drugs on human health and the awareness campaign on drugs would be launched at the upcoming 5th season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL-5).

According to statement issued here on Sunday, the agreement was made during a call on by Chairman of PCB Ehsan Mani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PCB Wasim Khan on Minister for Narcotics Control Shehryar Khan Afridi here at the ministry of narcotics control.

Shehryar Afridi briefed the PCB leadership on the measures adopted for public awareness under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan for wellbeing and healthy lifestyle of the Pakistani people.

Afridi said he was particularly impressed by Wasim Khan’s vision who was pursuing to implement the vision of Premier Imran Khan. Wasim Khan on the occasion briefed the meeting on the strategy evolved to launch awareness drive on drugs at the PSL-5.

He told the PCB chief that the ideas of PCB CEO Wasim Khan of carrying out bold structural reforms under a multi-pronged strategy to help revive Pakistan cricket was in line with vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He congratulated Ehsan Mani and Wasim Khan for joining hands with the ministry of Narcotics Control for a national cause.

He said the MNC was working days in and days out on a multipronged strategy to help save the country from the menace of drugs. He said the MNC was working to launch crackdown on big fish involved in illicit business of drugs, rehabilitate drugs victims and reduce demand of drugs by convincing youth on hazardous effects of drugs on humans.

Afridi said that awareness among general public was the best tool to help reduce drugs demand besides launching crackdown against drugs peddlers. “We have been taking unprecedented measures against drug traffickers and action is being taken to net big fish involved in illicit business of drugs.

Afridi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has specially instructed him not to spare anyone involved in drugs. He said we will not sit idle until we eradicate this menace from Pakistan.

Briefing the delegation on campaign against drugs, Afridi stated that Pakistan was also working in close coordination with Afghan, Iran and other neighbours to help choke down the illegal drugs movement.

He said this is the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan that not only we have to save our youth from drugs, we have to act as a responsible global partner to save the world from drugs too.

Since 85 percent of heroine is produced in Afghanistan, as first line of defence, we are working with our partners to ensure that the world is saved,” he added. He said we are taking strong decisions against drugs.

He said he was happy that the PSL-5 would act as the launch-pad for the awareness campaign on drugs. He said PCB would always ready to act as a partner to help deliver a national service.

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