KARACHI - The "First Pakistan Youth Congress" of Life Skills Education and Drug Abuse Prevention will begin here from January 27-29. The spokesman of the congress on Saturday said that it would be held in association with the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (Pakistan) and US Department of State in collaboration with the Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS) US Embassy, Islamabad. Talking to The Nation, he said that the theme of the Congress was "Together Youths Can Make A Difference" to create awareness about the rapidly increasing drugs addiction in the society. According to the statistics approximately 5 million drug addicts were present in the country and out of them 1.2 million were stated to be only from Sindh. More than 20,000 street drug addicts can be seen across the City who took drugs through injections. He said that it was a fact that youths were the future of any nation and the survival of the generation depends upon their performance. "Our future pillars and leaders are the younger generation of our society, who had the potential and ability to make a difference in today's world." Describing the salient features of the "First Pakistan Youth Congress" he said that guests at the Congress include guest of owner Brig Muhammad Bashir, force commander, Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), heads of business community, mediamen and 300 youths of both genders from 16 to 24 years of age, hailing from different cities of Pakistan. The regional directorates will nominate the participants. He further said that inauguration of the congress would be held on January 27. MNA Dr Farooq Sattar will be the chief guest on the occasion while Provincial Welfare and Yoouth Minister Faisal Sabzwari, provincial minister Rauf Siddiqui and several other speakers will also address the congress. City Nazim Mustafa Kamal will be the chief guest on the closing day of the congress session on January 29. Deputy Director AS, US Embassy, Michael Trulson, Provincial Health Minister Dr Sageer Ahmed, MNA Haider Abbas Rizvi and others will also address the session. He said that Drug Prevention Policy Organisation was committed to develop and promote the strategies, policies and healthy lifestyle to enhance positive attitudes, improve life skills and empower individuals to reduce drug use, drug addiction and other drug related injuries.