ISLAMABAD - Senate Standing Committee on Interior yesterday directed the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and the police to start a combing operation within the premises of Quaid-e-Azam University to stop supply of drugs in one of the biggest public sector universities of the country.

The committee that met under the chair of Senator Rehman Malik also asked the Secretary Interior to help the police and ANF in launching this operation. The committee is already hearing the matter of excessive use of drugs in the educational institutions of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) following a report of a non-government organization (NGO) in this connection. However, the government has refuted this claim.

The direction of the committee came after Dean Quaid-e-Azam University Dr Waseem Ahmed informed the meeting that every kind of drug was being supplied in the campuses. He said that the students used intoxicant tablets of Lahore made having price range of Rs5,000 to Rs15,000 besides liquor, hashish and heroine. The dean further said that disciplinary committee of the university had fined some students and the police had been informed to take action. “The reason behind the continuous supply of drugs in the campuses is due to the absence of any boundary wall around the university,” he said. Dr Waseem requested the committee that a police picket should be established within the university premises to stop supply of drugs there.

The chairman directed that the cameras of Safe City Project should also be installed within the university premises and also asked Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz to financially support the university for building up the boundary wall.

The committee also showed its reservations over the use of excessive drugs in the education institutions of the county. The chair recommended that a survey of all prisons should be held throughout the country in connection with use of drugs by the inmates.

Director Anti Narcotics Forces (ANF) Brigadier Muhammad Basharat told the meeting that an awareness campaign had been started against the use of drugs in education institutions. He also said that four arrests had been made that were involved in the business of sale of drugs outside three public and one private educational institutions of Islamabad. ANF requested the committee that the PEMRA should be directed to ask TV channels to increase the duration of awareness campaign.

The officer of ANF told the committee that 6.7 million people in the country between the age group of 15 to 64 were using drugs. He said that Pakistan had been declared a country of non-producing poppy since 2001 and poppy that was secretly being produces was eliminated every year.

PML-N Senator Javed Abbasi said that a report of an NGO about the use of drugs in schools of Islamabad had caused a wave of unrest among the parents and the NGOs representatives should be summoned in the next committee meeting to check authenticity of the report.

Directors Schools ICT informed the committee that out of 442 schools of ICT, no complaint, written or verbal, had been received about the use of drugs by the students.

Separately, the committee also passed a resolution that condemned the statement of Indian Interior Minister Rajnath Singh that Pakistan would soon be in 10 pieces if it did not stop cross-border terrorism.

We condemn the statement of the Indian interior minister showing his designs to disintegrate Pakistan and his statement was reflection of his extremist thinking, says the resolution passed by the committee.

The resolution said that Rajnath’s statement proved that India was interfering into the internal affairs of Pakistan and the statement violated international principles of country-to-country relations.

The committee demanded the government to summon Indian High Commissioner to lodge its protest over this statement.