140 grams of heroin seized at LUMS

Published: November 13, 2015


LAHORE: A spokesperson of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (Lums) confirmed reports of seizure of heroin from university premises late Wednesday night.

In a written statement, the spokesperson said heroin was seized by Lums security as a vehicle was exiting university premises and not inside the boys hostel as some media reports had suggested.

However, the spokesperson admitted that on average one to two cases of narcotics were caught by the administration every year.

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The statement also clarified that the amount of drugs seized was exaggerated by some media outlets.

“The size of the seizure was less than 150 grams, and can be verified with the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) records,” the spokesperson said.

“The search and seizure was made precisely because Lums security was aware of the presence of an outsider at our hostel. The university then contacted the Anti Narcotics Force to process the case,” he added.

An official of the ANF confirmed a suspect was arrested after Lums administration contacted the force.

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The official said 140 grams of heroin was seized by one Shahid, who was caught by the university security and handed over to the ANF.

He added that an FIR had been registered against the accused, who is currently on physical remand.

The spokesperson also refuted reports that Lums administration was conducting raids on hostels and a search operation was being carried out.

“As with many campuses, no doubt there may be a small scale problem. The university is aware of this challenge and we monitor the situation constantly,” the spokesperson added.

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“As a result of this vigilance, we identify one to two cases of narcotics use by students every year on average, from a campus community of 5,000 students”.

“We believe narcotics is a present problem on all campuses nationally and indeed worldwide. The best approach is to address this challenge and not to ignore or hide the issue.”

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Saqib
    Nov 13, 2015 - 9:31PM

    Well,LUMS have always been an Elite class institution and their “Ayashi Ka Adda”.That’s why most of the people of decent families still prefer Government College Lahore over this newly developed LUMS with newly developed people.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Nov 13, 2015 - 9:44PM

    Surprise to know that Heroin has been seized from a institute regarded as the top quality in pakistan. Where the cream of the student compete to get admission. I hope LUMS authority take some concrete steps to eradicate this nuisance which bring bad name to this institute.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 13, 2015 - 11:04PM

    White powder….and unenlightened thinking……..not a good mix.Recommend

  • raza
    Nov 13, 2015 - 11:45PM

    @Saqib , Everyone prefers Lums. When a student is rejected, then all of a sudden the student and his family start crying foul and saying ‘admission tu hua tha magar mahaul acha nahi.’ I have studied at Lums , good and bad, studious and ‘ayash’. Har kissam ka banda millay ga. just relax, IA aap ko bhi lums mei admission millay ga.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 14, 2015 - 1:19AM

    While GC may be a good institute but do you honestly think that such things won’t be going on there as well? Blaming an institution is a wrong approach. Recommend

  • karachiwala
    Nov 14, 2015 - 1:31AM

    Considering 70 percent of LUMS students received some form of financial assistance and as many as 20 percent are part of the National Outreach Program which consists of a full scholarship, you couldn’t be more wrong. Recommend

  • Nishant Sharma
    Nov 14, 2015 - 2:13AM

    I wanted to do my MBA from LUMS in 2007…relations between two nations were good those days because of Musharraf…though I was not given any response by LUMS for my query…still like the campus pics very much..Pakistan has beautiful institutes.Recommend

  • Haseeb
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:24AM

    @Saqib: who goes to government college? Only those who don’t get into LUMS. Mehnat kar, hassad na kar:)Recommend

  • Imran
    Nov 14, 2015 - 7:33AM

    Hats off to LUMS administration for bringing it out in public instead of shoving it under the carpet like all other institutions. This is a typical Pakistani mentality that if we don’t know then it does not exist. Gradually everything simmers and explodes in the end.Recommend

  • Saddam
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:34PM

    Well thats what you say when you can’t get in Recommend

  • Yusuf
    Nov 14, 2015 - 7:24PM

    For everyone’s kind information LUMS was nothing in 1980’s and 1990’s when Government College Lahore was the biggest name in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 14, 2015 - 8:30PM

    We like playing blame games don’t we?. Instead of doing this if only we could look at the source of the problem that is prevalent in nearly every University of Pakistan right now and help out the people who are going through these drug addictions rather than shunning them out of societies and attaching dogma’s to them which are often so severe that they are never able to return to the so called ‘normal society’ again. Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali
    Nov 14, 2015 - 8:32PM

    I have spent 2 years in this institute and consider that as a life changing experience. it helped me grow a lot, not only in academic terms or skill set for the job market but both intellectually as well as emotionally.

    The notion that it is an “Ayashi ka adda” is far fetched. True it has stereotypical ameer zaaday / zaadian, true that there are people (probably like any other university) who might abuse drugs. Its shameful & it should be taken care of.

    But that is not ALL what it is. It gives students opportunities that other institutes can’t even think of.

    Within its four walls I experienced a place where merit was a reality. A place where hardwork did pay off, without bias. A place where I could express myself, engage in debate over any topic, I repeat ANY topic without fear of being physically assaulted or threat of any other kind. It showed how a university would be where there was zero tolerance on plagiarism and/or other forms of cheating. I saw a university where authority figures like academic staff was answerable to any excess they would commit to.

    I am from humble financial background, with very average schooling from government institutes that no one even cares about, but, thanks to this Alma meter, and a couple of years of grooming & networking provided by it, I am currently working in a great innovative technical company overseas & settled in terms of earning & family life.

    You do not have to be ridiculously rich to be there – you can get in on merit & equip yourself to chase your dream.

    It’s one of the only private institute where a vast number of students are either on financial aid OR holding scholarships. All such decisions are purely on merit. My batch of 120+ people had about 50 people on some sort of scholarship or financial aid.

    Although I could not get on financial aid due to my low grades & eventually had to be separated from program, I still have a lot of respect for the institute and see the deserving students who were hard working & deserved a chance to get the same opportunities as others – and they did simply because LUMS made sure that having less money is not a hurdle in doing so. The got to complete their degrees on scholarships & financial aid. I wish other universities would do that as well.Recommend

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