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CM Sindh calls for conducting drug tests of school children

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday decided to conduct mandatory drug testing of children in government and private educational institutions in order to protect them from the increasing drug menace.

The chief minister, while presiding over a meeting regarding drug menace in educational institutions across the province, said that there were some alarming reports from some of the leading universities of the country where some students were using drugs.

He said that he is quite worried about protecting children from all social evils, and it had becomes our collective responsibility to protect children from the growing menace of drugs.

The chief minister constituted a committee comprising Minister Health Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Minister Education Jam Mehtab Dahar, Secretary Education Iqbal Durani and Secretary Health Fazal Pechuho for drafting law for conducting drug testing of students of secondary to higher secondary level.

He said that it would be mandatory for every student to qualify the test. He hoped that parents would cooperate and support him in this task.

The secretary education said that he has started preparing the list of the students so that the same could be shared with health department for starting drug tests. CM Sindh assured to release the funds for the tests as and when required.

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