Govt devising strategy to ensure effective control on selling, use of drugs: NA told.

ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Narcotics Control Nawabzada Shazain Bugti Monday informed the National Assembly that the government was devising a comprehensive strategy to curtail movement of narcotics while legislation for ensuring effective control on selling and use of drugs was under consideration as well.

Responding to a calling attention notice regarding sale of ice and other drugs openly in the country, he said,

'The government is devising a new system to effectively check the illegal business of narcotics and we are confident that new system will help closing all those avenues being used by drug traffickers,'

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.

Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) he said, and other federal and provincial agencies and departments were actively engaged in controlling the menace of drugs that was evident from the fact that out of total recovery of drugs and narcotic substances across the world as much as 17 percent was recovered in Pakistan alone.

On a query about use of narcotics in educational institutions, the minister informed that government was working on legislative framework which would empower the enforcement agencies to carry out random drug...

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