LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday sought reply from Secretary Excise and Taxation and Director Anti-Narcotics Force Punjab in a petition seeking registration of addicts and establishment of rehabilitation centers.

Rida Qazi filed the petition saying that after 18th Amendment passed in 2010, it has become the responsibility of the Punjab government to initiate measures for the rehabilitation of the drug addicts. She highlighted that the high court had been issuing directions since 2011 and constantly reminding the authorities for taking effective steps for the welfare of drug addicts but nothing has been done so far.

“These addicts are serious threat to the society and must be provided treatment,” she maintained.

The counsel on behalf of the communication and works department informed that on the direction of provincial government the process was launched to construct the rehabilitation centers. He said the construction of these centers would be completed soon.

After hearing both the sides, Justice Suhail Iqbal Bhatti sought replies from the respondents and adjourned the hearing until May 5.–Staff Reporter