Speakers for promotion of co curricular activities to counter rising drug addiction
The University of Sargodha on December 18, 2018 organized a seminar and awareness walk to formally launch the Anti-Drugs Awareness Campaign.
The event was jointly organized by the Departments of Communication and Media Studies, the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Divisional Police Office, Sargodha following the instructions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to end the supply and use of drugs in educational institutions.
The campaign is mainly aimed at creating awareness among youth in general and students of the University in particular against the cruel effects of the spiraling drug addiction.
Dr Nawaz Mehsud, Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Safdar Iqbal, Incharge Rescue 15 Sargodha, Dr Mudasar Hussain, Incharge Department of Communication and Media Studies and Khalid HussainTarar, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sargodha city spoke on the occasion.
They appreciated the campaign and stressed on the positive role of citizens from all walks of life in discouraging drug use among students. They urged the students to engage themselves in healthy co-curricular activities and sports to help a culture of positivity prevail in the society and prevent drug abuse among the youth.
A sub inspector of Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Zain-ul-Abdin talked about the consequences of drug peddling that adolescent alcohol and other drug-related problems appear to be linked with poor family management practices, low family bonding and conflict, neighborhood deterioration and economic deprivation.
Safdar Iqbal informed the seminar that proliferation of drugs and psychotropic substances within Pakistani society, particularly in youth and university students, causing an upsurge of drug addict population, is another emerging challenge confronted by the law enforcement agencies.
Police has registered 28 cases against those who were involved in the drug peddling at academic institutions and about 2000 cases against other drug peddlers in all the police stations of district Sargodha during 2018, he added.
Khalid HussainTarar urged the students to focus on their studies, indulge themselves in healthy co-curricular activities and help anti-narcotics forces in wiping out drugs from the society.
Dr Nawaz Mehsud called for elimination of poverty and ignorance which sowed seeds of pessimism in youths and led them to drug addiction. He urged the government, NGOs, civil society and the public to take serious steps to desist youth from drug use and help them leading a safe and healthy life.
Dr Mudasar Hussain stressed to inform and educate the youth, particularly the university students regarding the consequences of drug selling and addiction.
At the end, participants hold a walk within the university premises to raise awareness regarding consequences of drug pedaling and addiction. They were holding banners, placards with anti-narcotics slogans such as ‘just refuse, drug abuse’ and ‘say no to drugs’.
The event was largely attended by students and faculty of Mass Communication, Sociology and Criminology departments.