To mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking that’s noticed on June 26, civil society and political activists in Karachi’s Baloch neighbourhoods began a three-day consciousness marketing campaign against rising crime, notably open sale of narcotics.
Various social and scholar teams underneath the banner of the Baloch Yakjehti Committee distributed pamphlets in numerous Baloch-populated areas of Lyari, Golimar, Faqir Colony, Mauripur, Hawke’s Bay, Malir, Gadap, Sharafi Goth, Bin Qasim and Manghopir to create consciousness in regards to the menace of medication.
They acknowledged that drug peddlers had been working their nefarious actions in each a part of Lyari and different areas of Baloch inhabitants in the town. These areas have been riddled not solely with medicine however their sellers as nicely and their nefarious actions pose a menace to the well being and well-being of the youth and their households, stated the campaigners.
They argued that efforts to cleanse the localities of quite a few crimes, together with the drug commerce, had not been very profitable due to the nexus between the drug mafia, and authorities and legislation enforcement officers.
Zahid Barakzai, a member of the Lyari Awami Mahaz that can be supporting the marketing campaign, stated that the campaigns was began on Friday and native activists in the Baloch-populated neighbourhoods had distributed pamphlets, organised walks and met the elders of their areas to create awarenss in regards to the drug abuse and urge the authorities, together with the police, to take motion against drug peddling.
Poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, lack of civic facilities and years of neglect have turned Lyari right into a breeding floor for social evils, with drug habit being probably the most dangerous of them. “Although peace has returned to Lyari and other areas, including Mauripur, Golimar and Mawach Goth, now one of the main problems here is the sale of narcotics,” stated a campaigner in Mauripur.
“Drugs are being sold openly in every Baloch locality without any fear and it is destroying the health and morale of youth,” he lamented.
In Lyari, elements of the Chakiwara, Singu Lane, Aath Chowk, Nawa Lane and Shah Beg Lane neighbourhoods are allegedly the hub of drug peddlers the place addicts may very well be seen wandering in slender lanes to purchase numerous sorts of narcotics, activists stated.