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- Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - From Print Edition


To observe International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a huge quantity of drugs and tens of thousands of bottles of liquor were destroyed at the Hawkesbay beach by the Pakistan Coast Guards (PCG) on Tuesday.


The ceremony was arranged under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Counter Narcotics (IATF) Sindh.


The PCG publicly burnt 3, 616.490 kgs of hashish, 9.850 kgs of heroin, 39,617 bottles of alcohol, 3,483 cans of beer, 272,950 packets of Gutka, 2,000 kgs of betel nuts and 1,249 kgs of potassium permanganate.


A concerted effort was made by all agencies of the IATF to create awareness in this regard, a statement said.


The aim is to educate the people about the risks of drug abuse, especially among the youngsters, who are the future of the country.


It was pointed out that the IATF comprised 30 federal and provincial agencies to check the menace of narcotics in the country.


The PCG said that this year they had confiscated 23, 351.9 kgs of hashish, 185.115 kgs of heroin, 45, 301 bottles of liquor, 3, 623 cans of beer, 272, 950 packets of Gutkas, 2,000 kgs of betel nuts and 1, 249.4 kgs of potassium permanganate.


The PCG also claimed that the destroyed items were worth a hundred million rupees.