Seven PIA planes grounded for repair: NA told.

ISLAMABAD -- The lower house of the parliament was told on Monday that seven aircraft of the national flag carrier have been grounded for repair while one airplane has been retired for good.

Sharing details with the National Assembly on the request of a lawmaker, the Aviation Division said a total of three Boeing 777, two Airbuses and three ATR aircraft have been grounded.

The written reply said all but one of these aircraft-one of the Boeing 777-are repairable.

Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali and Asiya Azim called attention to a widespread sale of ice and other narcotics in the country.

Taking the floor, Chitrali claimed that the police act as informants for the drug dealers. He even alleged that many policemen are also drug addicts.

Responding to the call-attention notice, Federal Minister for Anti-Narcotics Control Shazain Bugti said the government is trying to stop drug trafficking.

'We have requested the cabinet to allow us to make recruitments [in the relevant department] but the cabinet has not given us permission so far.'

The minister said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has, however, given the permission to build a fusion center for curbing narcotics trade and the growing use of drugs in the country. These centres will be soon inaugurated.

'We are also working on new legislation [for narcotics control]. This piece of legislation will be introduced soon,' Shazain Bugti added.

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