According to an Excise and Taxation Department official, on the directive of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Director General Narcotics Raja Zahid was actively working to establish the police stations .
The Punjab government had planned to establish the excise and narcotics police stations at divisional headquarters, besides setting up special check-posts at all the entry and exit points of the divisions to curb the menace of the narcotics across the province.
The Excise and Taxation Department had also sent detailed feasibility reports to the government for the purpose after the provincial government had allocated special funds for purchasing the official vehicles and furniture as well.
The Punjab government has also approved the formation of provincial narcotics control committee.
The official said arrangements were underway to initially set up excise police stations in Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi and Mianwali. An Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) would be in-charge at the police station with an Assistant ETO, four inspectors and 15 junior officers. Rawalpindi Excise Police Station would start working in March.
The official said special excise check-posts which were earlier in 2004, would also be revived. The check posts would be set up at eight to nine entry points of the province including Mianwali, D.G.Khan, Raheem Yar Khan and Attock.
He said a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the police stations and check points had also been finalized.
The excise police stations , he said, would control the narcotics business and reduce the use of drugs in the divisions.APP