The GC University of Lahore celebrated the International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking on June 26, 2021. An awareness seminar was held in its historic auditorium in Bokhari to stimulate a sense of responsibility and understanding among the students. .
Professor Dr Shakil Malik, Eminent Neuropsychiatrist, Sussex University UK, MPA Talath Fatima Naqvi, MPA Zainab Umair, Senator Dr Zarqa Taimoor Suharwardey and Vice Chancellor Government College University Lahore Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi (TI) participated in the session. Force Commander Regional Directorate of the Punjab Anti-Narcotics Force Brig. Rashid Minhas was the main guest of the ceremony.
All speakers stressed that the prevention of drug abuse is crucial for the sustainability and development of the country. Crime, assault, mental, moral and physical illnesses, productivity and state governance are directly linked to the number of drug addicts. The importance of combating drug abuse cannot be overstated.
AMP Talath Fatima Naqvi and AMP Zainab Umair said the threat of drug addiction is as dangerous as terrorism because both kill. Subsequently, Senator Dr Zarqa Taimur Suharwardy said that the problem of drug addiction begins at home. So we have to root out the problem from its early stages. Commander of the Anti-Narcotics Force RD Punjab Brig. Rashid Minhas stressed the importance of observation and reiterated that it is the individual and collective responsibility of everyone to join the Anti-Narcotics Force to eliminate this evil from our society. He further added that the scale of the drug threat is not only undermining global public health, socio-economic situation and international stability, but has also become a national security issue for Pakistan.
The Vice-Chancellor Government College University Lahore Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi (TI) said that with the legacy of leadership in mind, GCU took up the challenge of making its campus drug-free and launched its program with the slogan “Preventing abuse of Drugs is not by Sermons but by Science. “He said that an elaborate prevention program will be put in place incorporating the latest scientific technologies used in centers of excellence in the West. The program aims at primary prevention drug abuse by developing psychosocial resilience and a set of leadership skills in students needed to deal with the stresses and strains of contemporary society. This goal is to be achieved through an elaborate capacity building initiative in all teaching staff The Vice-Chancellor GC University Lahore and other guests appreciated the efforts of the Anti-Narcotics Force Punjab to combat the reduction in the supply and demand of nationwide illicit narcotics. The ceremony ended with an awareness walk led by Professor Dr. Asghar Zaidi and the Brigadier. Rachid Minhas.