Man caught in possession of heroin was an outsider: LUMS

Published: November 14, 2015
University spokesperson says the suspect was caught while exiting the premises. SOURCE: PUBLICITY

University spokesperson says the suspect was caught while exiting the premises. SOURCE: PUBLICITY

LAHORE: A Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) spokesperson has confirmed that a man was caught in possession of heroin on the university premises on late Wednesday night.

A statement sent on Friday said the suspect was an outsider. It said he was caught by the security personnel at the main entrance as he was exiting the university in a car. It called inaccurate media reports to the effect that the suspect was caught at a male students’ hostel on the campus. “The search and seizure occurred because the LUMS security was aware of the presence of an outsider in one of our hostels. The university then contacted the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) to proceed with the case,” he said.

140 grams of heroin seized at LUMS

The statement dismissed the suggestion that a large quantity of drug was seized from the suspect’s possession. “The amount of heroin seized from the suspect was less than 150g. This can be verified with the ANF,” she said. It also rejected the suggestion that the administration was conducting a search operation in the hostels.

The statement said on-campus drug abuse was a small scale problem. “LUMS administration is aware of the challenge and it constantly monitors the situation,” it said. It said on average one to two cases of possession of narcotics were reported from the university in a year. More than 5,000 students were enrolled in the university, it added.

The statement added: “We believe the problem of drug use exists at all campuses nation-wide, like universities across the world. The best approach to address this challenge is not to ignore or hide it but to have strict procedures put in place to identify and handle these cases.”

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It said these cases were dealt with assistance from the law enforcement agencies and the campus community. “Transparency is the best guarantee of success in the struggle for a narcotics-free future in the long term,” it added.

Earlier, an ANF official had identified the suspect only as Shahid. He said that the university administration had caught him and handed him over to the force. He said the suspect was found in possession of 140 grams of heroin. The official said an FIR had been registered and the suspect was on a physical remand.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ali
    Nov 14, 2015 - 11:19AM

    Of course drugs are used by students . Or he was there for promotional testing ?Recommend

  • Lawless
    Nov 14, 2015 - 12:31PM

    Just do simple urine test of all students, you will find 50% of them on weed and alchohol, 10% at meth and 5 percent on heroin…. That is most simplest way to find white sheeps….Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Nov 14, 2015 - 2:10PM

    What was the “outsider” with drugs doing inside LUMS?

    Drug parties among LUMS male and female students are a

    common knowledge which as a typical Pakistani management

    style LUMS management is trying to hide.Recommend

  • Mir Jehanzeb
    Nov 14, 2015 - 2:48PM

    What does LUMS look like to an outsider? Tight and short dresses, some skirts may be? Girlfriends, boyfriends, open hugging and kissing, late night hostel bunks and super liberal stuff?? Well fortunately or unfortunately this all is actually true !! Recommend

  • sin
    Nov 14, 2015 - 3:44PM

    Let jamiat in at LUMS and all drug dealers, etc will wipe outRecommend

  • Fovad
    Nov 15, 2015 - 2:54PM

    LUMS being defensive n making excuses. 140 gms of drugs is being portrayed as being lesser evil compared to 500 gms, initially reported.
    LUMS seeking refuge under drug culture globally and domestically at all institution. WOW LUMS where are ethics and management control promise sold to students and parents.
    The entire clarification from LUMS gives a clear impression that students don’t sell drugs but only consume. 2 to 3 cases each year had been reported in past and continue till date. Fails to give a promise to curb it altogether applying some management acumen. What it takes to randomly seek blood samples each semester or may be compulsory seek the same twice a year. Or else LUMS continues to follow global drug trend in educational institutions but mention the same in prospectus so that parents don’t expect it from LUMS. In that case change the name to LUS removing M which stands for management. Recommend

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