DERA GHAZI KHAN -  Under the patronage of corrupt officers of Border Military Police (BMP), street drug peddlers including females and narcotics dens are making huge money and destroying the youth's life and future.

Border Military Police Sakhi Sarwar SHO Liaqat Ali Leghari

During investigation in the Punjab Police Station Sakhi Sarwar, a young drug trafficker namely M Hussain said, "I bought four kilogramme of Charas for Rs30,000 per kilogramme from a notorious drug dealer Sahab Jaan Khithran, a resident of Rakni Balochistan. He was to deliver two kilogramme of Charas at profit rate Rs2,000 per kg to each Nagoo Cheeri, wife of Hanif, and Zulifqar alias Zulfi, both residents of tribal area Mauza Jadee in the jurisdiction of Border Military Police (BMP) Station Sakhi Sarwar. But before the successful move of this deal, I was detained at Sakhi Sarwar check post."

Talking to The Nation, SHO Sakhi Sarwar Ismail Khan said that while travelling through public transport van from Rakni to Sakhi Sarwar, drug trafficker Hussain was arrested along with four kilogramme of Charas at Punjab Police check post during routine surveillance on October 5, 2016. A case has been registered vide FIR No. 127/16 under Section 9-C of the Control of Narcotics Substances Act for it, he added. The SHO vowed that after issuance of search warrant from the court concerned, the Punjab police will raid narcotics dens of Nagoo Cheeri and Zulfi in the town, and all the street drug peddlers will be jailed soon.

Ismail sid Sakhi Sarwar is last mountainous village of district Dera Ghazi Khan. Its population lives in the limits of settled area and tribal area. Border Military Police (BMP) is responsible to maintain law and order in its area which exists across the hill torrent canal, locally known as narcotics trade market.

About 60 percent local youngsters are addicted to smoking high-grade hashish called Charas and liquor which is sold in plastic shopping bags here. To a question, the SHO revealed that Punjab police have no authority to raid these street drug peddlers and narcotics dens in jurisdiction of BMP. Drug trade cannot be surmounted here until establishment of any check post by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in DG Khan because BMP have failed to curb drug trading in district.

Talking to The Nation, Dr Wajahat Hussain highlighted the causes of drug addiction, and said that increased availability of drugs at low prices than a food item, was rapidly changing social norms, increasing unemployment, drug education within the family and in educational institutions. And also the economic frustration has increased the use of drugs in youngsters of 18 years old. Majority of drug addicts use Charas as the first substance at start, he said.

Dr Wajahat urged that to save the youngster, the government should take some bold initiatives to beat the menace from the country.

When tried to contact Commandant BMP Babar Bashir, another official Imtiaz Khan said that commandant has gone out in area and not available for comments.