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Punjab govt bans use of ‘Kala Pathar’ to stop suicides

LAHORE: The government of Punjab has banned use of Kala Pathar (black stone) that is being consumed by people to commit suicide. According to reports, most of such suicides took place in southern Punjab where Kala Pathar (known with its generic name paraphenylenediamine) can be purchased at around Rs10. It is reported that at least three people a day are consuming it to commit suicide. The provincial government took notice of media reports and imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1898 against sale and use…