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PM launches ‘Zindagi App’ versus narcotics, regrets use of drugs by students at school level

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Anti-Narcotics Application 'Zindagi' here Monday. - NNI photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched the ‘Zindagi App’ against drugs in Islamabad.
Addressing the launching ceremony in Islamabad on Monday, he said that drugs are destroying the life of our youth and all out efforts will be made to eradicate this scourge.
Zindagi mobile application is being considered as an important development in measures to counter the spread of narcotics and drug addiction.
The prime minister regretted that the use of drugs starts at school level and the addicted persons are involved in other crimes too.
Referring to another problem facing the society, PM Imran Khan said incidents of child abuse are also increasing in the society for which awareness has to be created to eradicate this menace.
The premier appreciated the launching of an awareness book on drugs and said that the application should also be introduced to schools across the country for giving the youth knowledge and awareness about of disastrous outcomes of the narcotics.
He added that the usage narcotics usually starts from school and the drug addicts involved in other crimes as well. He also highlighted the rise in child abuse cases in the country. To this, he urged the authorities to raise social awareness to end the menace.
The launching ceremony was addressed by Minister for Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi. He said that drug peddlers are enemies of the society and the usage of narcotics in educational institutions is alarming. He urged for giving awareness to the young generation about the hazards of narcotics.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the government representatives to give special attention to the homeless people.
PM Imran Khan gave the instruction during a high-level meeting of the media strategy committee which was attended by Shafqat Mahmood, Babar Awan, Asad Umar, Murad Saeed, Moeed Yusuf, Shahzad Akbar and Faisal Javed Khan.
The premier directed the government representatives to make special arrangements for the needy people at shelter houses amid extremely cold weather conditions. He ordered the provision of food and shelter to the needy people.
During the meeting, PM Khan was briefed over the government’s vision for 2020 and details of welfare schemes for public relief. PM has decided to initiate an organised welfare programme in January.
Earlier on January 1, Prime Minister Imran Khan had visited makeshift shelter homes in Islamabad aimed at providing living space to the homeless people in the winter season and inquired about the condition of the people living there.
Speaking at the occasion, the prime minister applauded the facilities given to the people living in shelter homes and said that it was good to see heaters working in it.
The prime minister also interacted with those living there and asked as to from where they come to the capital for acquiring labour jobs? “How is the current situation and are you people getting daily work?” asked the prime minister. He assured that the labourers would soon be able to get better wages for their efforts.
The prime minister also scrutinized the record of those living at the shelter homes. In line with the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar ordered for setting up temporary homes across the province on Monday.
The chief minister directed authorities to establish temporary shelter homes in those districts where there were no permanent shelter homes.
He said that protecting homeless people from extreme weather was a responsibility of the state. He directed concerned officers to send reports to the CM Office after setting up the temporary shelter homes.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan cautioned on Monday that regional peace is facing serious threats due to the Indian government’s policies based on the RSS-ideology.
Talking to a delegation of Virginia University in Islamabad, he said the identity of Indian people themselves has been threatened by the Indian government’s fascist policies.
Strongly condemning the curfew continuing in occupied Kashmir for over 150 days, he said this tyranny of the Indian government has exposed its claims about democracy.
PM Imran Khan said the present government believes in full protection of the rights of minorities and considering them as equal citizens of the country.
About economic situation in the country, the Prime Minister Khan said economy has been stabilised owing to the strenuous efforts of the PTI government, and now there is a clear improvement in the economic indicators.
He said the government is making efforts to introduce a uniformed education system so that the social division caused by the prevailing education system could be eliminated.
Earlier, on Jan 05, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that there is contrast between the Nankana incident and treatment with minorities in India.
He said that recent condemnable incident in Nankana Sahib is against his vision and will find zero-tolerance by his government.
The Prime Minister said that Modi’s RSS vision supports minorities’ oppression and the targeted attacks against Muslims are part of this agenda, the prime minister said in a tweet today.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has on Monday chaired an important meeting comprising government and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) officials.
According to sources, the session chaired by the premier deliberated on national political and economic situation. Consultations were held over government’s legislation strategy in the parliament.
The PM apprised the attendees of the official discourse. Targets and preferences of 2020 were discussed. The meeting analyzed the steps taken to control prices.
Consultations were also held over the Middle East situation as US-Iran tensions flared following the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. – NNI