LAHORE Unable to control heinous crimes and street robberies, City police on Saturday launched 'Lahore Drug-Free City Project and a comprehensive crackdown on all drug peddlers has been ordered across the City. Police sources termed the exercise as another face saving attempt and said that the task is too difficult to achieve as the police itself are backing the drug pushers that are actively running the business in every nook and corner of the largest City of the populous Punjab province. According to the official sources, the project has been launched on the directive of Punjab Chief Minister while the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), Muhammad Aslam Tareen will lead the project as its chairman. According to an official handout issued on Saturday, CCPO has said that those elements who spread drug addiction among the youths of the city are perpetrators of a heinous crime, due to which, not only an individual, but a whole family gets devastated. CCPO ordered Lahore Police to take strict legal steps against drug peddlers, during its special crackdown on them, so that Lahore can be made a Drug-Free City. He also warned that quick eradication of drug dens in the City should be ensured, otherwise six police teams, formulated by CCPO, would raid any area of the city and take strict action against gangs involved in such heinous activities. Muhammad Aslam Tareen was presiding over first high-level meeting of Lahore Drug-Free City Project in his capacity as its Chairman. DDG Anti-Narcotics Force Muhammad Altaf Qamar, Force Commander Anti Narcotics Force Brigadier Shahid Afzal, DIG Operations Rao Sardar Ali, SSP Discipline and Inspection Shariq Kamal, Shahid Baig representative of DIG Headquarters Prison Mian Salik Jalal, Muhammad Aslam representative of DIG Pakistan Railway, Deputy Director General Punjab Rangers Col. Sahibzada Sajjad, and DG Social Welfare Punjab Iqbal Tariq were also present on this occasion besides others. No country can achieve progress and prosperity unless and until it creates higher ethical values among the younger generation, he added. He pointed out that along with police, parents and educational institutions have a far-reaching role in keeping the younger generation away from drug use, therefore it is incumbent upon parents and teacher to discharge their national duty of keeping the younger generation away from drug use, so that Lahore can be purged of the scourge of drug peddling and drug use. CCPO pointed out that Islamic teachings and propagation of Pakistani culture can also go a long way in eliminating the scourge of drug use and drug peddling in the city. CCPO warned that the concerned officers would also be proceeded against, as per law, under whose areas drug dens are found operating. CCPO said that six divisional teams, under the leadership of divisional SPs, SDPOs and SHOs, have been formulated for the elimination and eradication of drug trade in the city and frequent raids would be conducted against those found involved in such heinous crimes. CCPO called upon all divisional SPs to launch a city wide crackdown against persons involved in such heinous activities of drug peddling by improving their system of search and surveillance and keeping a close liaison with the notables of the area, in order to make Lahore Drug-Free City Project a thumping success.