Drugs intake increasing among students, Karachi Police Chief Dr Amir Shaikh

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According to drug peddlers arrested by Karachi police in recent the past around 80 percent of their clients are from different educational institutions. The data shared by the criminals are very shocking and this is indeed a very alarming situation, it was disclosed by the Karachi Police Chief Dr Amir Shaikh on Monday.

He was the chief guest at a seminar ‘role of youth in bringing a positive change in society’. The event was organized by Karachi University Civic and Social Responsibility Society under the supervision of KU Students’ Advisor Office at Chemistry Auditorium.

He highlighted that 65 percent of population of the country is comprised of youth and that is why they are called future of Pakistan. But, unfortunately, the police have arrested students who were involved in selling drugs.

Dr Shaikh, who is also the Additional Inspector General Police, Sindh, urged that the parents and other family elders should keep an eye on student’s activities and also collect information about their gatherings and whereabouts.

Dr Shaikh shared that around 700 policemen have been martyred since 2013 in the city whereas 72 traffic policemen also lost their lives in the line of duty. He said that it would be unjust to blame whole police force due to acts of some individuals. He further said that only those who are wrong should be considered as wrong.

The Karachi Police Chief added that there are some sectors of improvement in police division and we have to work together to bring those positive changes in the policing system. In 2018, 331 fatal accidents were reported in which 201 youngsters become the victim and we must follow the traffic rules to reduce the ratio of road traffic incidents and casualties.

He shared that police always tried its best to arrest criminals and also work hard to get them strict punishments. He asked to look at the factors what are the major reasons of crime in the metropolis. We need to know why our youngsters are getting involved in criminal activities, research should be conducted to find out if the poverty, unemployment and divisions within the society are some of the reasons.

He said that parents would never allow their children to become a criminal and added that visit to jail and police stations would be arrange for students so that they could meet lawbreakers and also look at the reasons why did they take wrong decisions in their lives. Dr Shaikh also asked students to submit their recommendations and suggestions after the visit so that their research could be used by the concern departments.

Meanwhile, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, KU, Dr Salman Zubair, assured the additional IG Police that Karachi University students would perform duties at traffic signals voluntarily.

He informed the audience that on average 26, 000 incidents are reported in a year in the city and around 35, 000 people received injuries whereas 1, 100 persons lost their lives in those accidents.
The KU Students’ Advisor Dr Syed Asim Ali expressed that it always sounds good when someone says that youth would change the future of the country but we have to perform practically if we really want to bring any change in Pakistan.

The University’s students are take part in activities which are initiated to bring positive change in the society, he said and added that police force is also working hard to curb the crime and maintain law and order in the city. The policemen have sacrificed their lives to bring peace back in the city.

He shared that in the lights of KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan directives Karachi University has now number of students’ societies like theater and drama society, music society, debate and discussion society, arts and culture society, sports society and civic and social response society and students are taking part in various positive activities under the umbrella of these societies.

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