ISLAMABAD, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif have vowed to make Pakistan drug free.

In his message on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking marked on Wednesday, President Asif Ali Zardari called for curbing the flow of drugs into society, especially within educational institutions, by targeting the drug suppliers and peddlers. He said drug production and illicit trafficking not only immensely harm our youth and their families, but are also a potential source of financing for criminal and terrorist elements.

The President said Law Enforcing Agencies should adopt proactive measures and take strict actions against persons involved in drug trafficking. He urged to raise awareness about the harmful effects of drug abuse at the individual, family, and community levels, prioritizing prevention and treatment. He said he is sure that through our collective efforts, we can achieve a drug-free Pakistan.

In his message on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the government has placed utmost priority on addressing the issue of drug abuse and is taking effective measures to combat the illicit trafficking. He expressed the firm determination to strengthen action and cooperation to collectively achieve the goal of a drug free society. The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is marked on June 26, every year.