I wish to draw attention of the authorities and the public to the evils of drugs mafia. In Karachi, some two million youth and children are at the risk of drug addiction, as prevalence of drug addiction is very high. A Karachi-based NGO working on the issues of street children and youth reported that in Karachi over two million youth are addicted, and rest of the youth and children are at also at a high risk of drug addiction.

In Karachi, the main addiction is hashish as it is easily available at every nook and cranny of the city. The main trafficking areas of hashish are Sohrab Goth, Banaras, Pahar Ganj, Azam Basti, Frontier Colony, Qaidabad, Chanessar Goth, Dhobi Ghat and Massan near Keamaari, Umer Farooq Colony, Mango Per, Muzafarbad Colony, Bilal Colony, Pehlwan Goth, Nata Khan Goth and Bhitai Colony.

Drug mafia also seems to be operating with a political backing and law enforcement agencies have failed to stop the rapid growth of the drug trafficking in city. Drug mafia also has taken the ethnic cover and under this hoax their drug business is flourishing with the backing of police and certain political groups.

MUHAMMAD SHADMAN,

Karachi, February 16.