A seminar to raise awareness on hazards of drugs was organized jointly by the ICT Police and the Roots Millennium Education at a local hotel here. Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi was chief guest. The event was also attended by Inspector General of Police Aamir Zulfiqar Khan and Roots Millennium Education CEO Faisal Mushtaq, besides a number of senior police and ICT administration officials, teachers from various educational institutions, parents and students.Speaking on the occasion, Shehryar Khan Afridi said the campaign launched by the government against drugs mafia has started bearing fruit, adding that the crackdown against drug peddlers, suppliers and facilitators will continue until desired results are achieved. “This seminar is a clear manifestation of government vision and seriousness of law enforcement agencies in this regard,” he said.The minister emphasized upon the parents to also fulfill their responsibilities and keep an eye on their children. He said a national seminar on drugs awareness through digital driven technology will be held at the Convention Center very soon. In his address, Islamabad IGP resolved that his force will continue action against drugs mafia until the menace if completely eliminated. He assured parents of the children studying at various educational institutions that police will show zero tolerance towards criminal elements involved in this business.He urged the people present at the ceremony to join hands with ICT police in their capacity as fathers, sons and husbands to making the city drugs-free. “Role of parents in upbringing of children in our society is vital,” the IGP said, adding that the casual attitude towards kids can end up in regret for the whole life. He also advised the children and students to not cave in to the peer pressure, as it is always deceptive and ruins the whole life.The IGP said a woman complaint cell will be opened soon which will help ensure due rights to women and children and prevent child molestation and exploitation of women. The basic objective of the activity was to bring all stakeholders on same page vis-à-vis eradication of drugs from the society. On the occasion, videos on drugs addiction, kinds of drugs and their effects were also played.Published in Daily Times, January 20th 2019.