ISLAMABAD: Minister for Narcotics Control Lt General (R) Syed Salahuddin Tirmizi Monday informed the Senate that the government would announce new narcotics control policy by the end of current month.
Responding to a motion moved by Senator Col (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi to discuss the steps taken by the government to control the increasing smuggling of spurious medicines in the country.
He said poppy cultivation had been eliminated from Pakistan while 90 percent poppy was being cultivated in Afghanistan.
“Pakistan is an opium-free country duly certified by the United Nations, but the drugs being produced in large quantities inAfghanistan are being smuggled to other parts of the world,” he added.
He said around 24 factories producing drugs had been destroyed by the government in tribal areas.
The minister said new model hospital would be established to treat drug addict.