KARACHI: Business community from Quaidabad, a major industrial zone in Karachi, has taken strong exception to alleged connivance between drug mafia and local police endangering the lives of local youth.
General Secretary, Anjuman e Tajirane Quaidabad, Syed Farzand Shah Bukhari speaking at a treatment camp organized by Karachi Psychiatric Hospital, Thursday, said drug addicts from the area mainly comprise youth, a potential human resource who could otherwise be major contributor towards prosperity at every level.
“It is not only the extortionists and other criminals but drug peddlar and their influential supporters are also a serious concern for the inhabitants of Quaidabad and adjoining localities,” he said.
The activist said there was a vicious cycle whereby deteriorating law and order hampered industrial and business activities leading to unemployment, frustration and growing incidence of addiction.
“Simultaneously the workforce that is hooked to contraband drugs are also easy prey for criminals as are compelled to indulge in illegal and anti-social activities,” he said seeking close coordination among all members of the society against the menace.
“Provision for a healthy society is an equal responsibility of us and the initiative taken by psychiatrists under leadership of Dr. Syed Mubin Akhter is extremely appreciable,” said Bukhari.
He urged his community members as well as all those living in Quaidabad and Landhi to assist the medical team ensuring that therapy provided is strictly complied by their affected members of family.
“We have to help restore their self confidence and boost their will against a challenge that has not only compromised their lives but also marginalized their very existence,” said the senior trader referring to drug addicts.