ISLAMABAD: In its drive against drugs on campus, Islamabad police on Wednesday caught three students and a peddler involved in the sale of contraband in the universities.
According to a statement, an operation was conducted under the supervision of Saddar SP Capt (retd) Zeeshan against people supplying recreational drugs at various campuses.
During the undercover operation, the Industrial Area police hauled in Walid Shamim, a student at an expensive private sector university, with 350 tablets of ecstasy and 200 grammes of hashish.
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Two other students of a foreign affiliated university, Zamadulnas and Mateeullah Khan were also arrested for selling drugs on campus.
Irfan Anwar, meanwhile a drug dealer who allegedly sold hashish at a state-owned university, was arrested along with 300 grammes of hashish, Industrial Area police officials said.
Drug peddlers caught
The recent drug-related drug of a student of a well-reputed university due to substance abuse had created ripples in the capital.
The top brass of capital police had directed SSP Sajid Kiani to launch a crackdown against people selling drugs to students.
Saddar Zone police arrested 17 drug peddlers in the last fortnight. These men were supplying narcotics in various educational institutions. Police teams also recovered 7.54 kilogrammes of hashish and 68 bottles of liquor from the suspects.
IHC seeks reply
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday sought a reply from the interior ministry and the top cop of Islamabad, within 10 days, regarding the alleged sale of narcotics in public and private educational institutions of the capital.
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IHC Justice Aamir Farooq was hearing a case filed by Advocate Samiulhaq Satti challenging the sale of different kind of narcotics in government and private educational institutions expressed ire over the lukewarm response of the respondents.
“Why the parties couldn’t submit their reply so far?” he asked the Standing Counsel Abdul Khaliq who appeared before the court on behalf of the federal government
The court also sought replies from the interior ministry, CADD, the Islamabad IG before adjourning for ten days.
(With additional input from APP)
Published in The Express Tribune, February 9th, 2017.