Narcotics Control Ministry wants to recruit 10,000 personnel: Shahzain

Minister said the annual seizure of narcotics in Pakistan stood at $8 billion

ISLAMABAD    –   Minister for Narcot­ics Control Shahzain Bugti on Tuesday in­formed the National Assembly that his ministry wanted to recruit around 10,000 personnel from across the country to effectively com­bat the menace of drugs.

Speaking on the floor of the House on the Demand for Grants of the Ministry of Nar­cotics Control in the next fis­cal year, he said, the ministry had sought permission from the prime minister for the recruitment. Currently, the minister said the ministry’s staff strength was 3,600 as its personnel were performing duties at airports, ports and other border areas.

He said the ministry was in contact with education min­istries and provincial govern­ments for the legislation to prevent drug-selling activities in educational institutions.

He said it had been pro­posed to impose a fine amounting to Rs 2 million over those educational institutions where drug-selling would be found, while Rs4 million on those found involved in sell­ing narcotics there. The min­ister said the annual seizure of narcotics in Pakistan stood at $8 billion and drugs worth $3 billion had been recently burnt in Quetta.

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