Positive activities can help youth stay away from narcotics: Alvi

President calls upon parents to keep vigilance on their children

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KARACHI: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday, while stressing measures to control drug abuse, said diverting energies of youth towards positive and healthy activities could help control the menace.

Addressing an event to destroy narcotics by setting piles on fire, the president said the use of drugs not only ruined the individuals but the entire families also.

He has emphasized the need for creating proper awareness with regard to the various societal issues including prevention of drugs, adding that once a person get traps in the clutches of narcotics, then it becomes difficult to get rid of it.

The societies that preferred money over moral values eventually faced a decline, he added. President Alvi expressed concern over the young generation getting trapped in new and different kinds of narcotics and called upon the parents to keep vigilance on their children.

He called the need for hitting at the supply chain of drugs for an effective narcotics control.

Poor law and order situation in Karachi in previous years gave rise to illegal trade of drugs, he added.

The president mentioned that the United States was spending billions of dollars on narcotics control.

He said the role of religious leaders was important in providing guidance on social issues. The platform of mosques could be used in disseminating social service messages, he added.

He said drug addiction has lot of dimensions that are required to be addressed. He said Pakistan is going towards youth bulge therefore we have to direct our young generation to the opportunities of progress and prosperity.

The President said we are on the threshold of becoming a great nation and our country will be the important and respectable country in the comity of nations.

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