Sharif family patronized every mafia in Pakistan: SACM

Firdous Ashiq Awan

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the Sharif family patronized every mafia in Pakistan adding that ringleader of the land mafia Afzal Khokhar made unnecessary hue and cry in the national assembly whereas the bondmaid was constantly giving him instructions.
These views were expressed by the Special Assistant to CM while addressing a press conference flanked by Punjab Police Information Officer DIG Operations Punjab Sohail Akhtar Sukhera at DGPR here on Saturday.
Addressing the media, Dr Firdous said that ‘Kaneez Mafia’ is attached to PML-N like political parasites. She said the PML-N associates following in the footsteps of their leader built huge palaces.
“There was no need to set up a commission if the government was a beneficiary of broad sheet adding that the commission would probe and investigate utilization of public funds,” she stated.
The Special Assistant said that all crimes lead to Jati Umrah adding that the past government patronized drug peddlers and traffickers and refrained police to take action against the culprits. She said the former rulers by making the youth drug addict played with the future of the nation for their financial benefits.
There was a need for a comprehensive campaign to protect and save our future generations from the menace of drug addiction instead of billion rupees metro and orange line train, she further said.
The SACM lamented “how those who were themselves involved in drug trafficking could take action against the culprits?” She said Ata Mohsin Shah, son of former PML-N MNA Iftikhar Hussain Shah aka ‘Zahry Shah’ and real brother of PML-N’s nominee for MNA from NA-75 Daska Nosheen Gillani, was caught red-handed yesterday while supplying drugs and is currently in police custody adding that he was also caught in a similar case at Dubai airport.
She said that those who are leveling false allegations of political victimization should tell the nation whether PTI was in power in Dubai as well?
The SACM said that the Punjab government was fully cooperating with the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in its anti-drug operations adding that 679 cases were registered and 787 people were arrested in Punjab during the year 2019 and 2020.
She said 861kg of heroin, 6159kg of hashish, 1341kg of opium, 3.46kg of cocaine, 3.25kg of marijuana, 864kg of cannabis and 120kg of other narcotics were seized and action was taken against the accused.
Dr Firdous said the Chief Minister Punjab is striving hard to provide a safe and secure environment to the youth as per the standards of State of Madinah and ensuring opportunities for the youth so that they may excel in their lives. She said the Chief Minister has decided to set up rehabilitation centre for treatment of drug addicts in every division of the province.
Meanwhile, the CM also directed IG Punjab to extend the scope of Anti-Narcotics Force police stations to the district level, she added. She said the Punjab government has decided to form a joint strategy with the federal government in the light of national anti-drug policy.
Speaking on the occasion, DIG Operations Sohail Sukhera informed the media that the Punjab police registered a total of 46,646 cases against drug dealers and recovered 24,894kg of hashish and 1,140kg of heroin in 2020 adding that 75% of accused were convicted in drug trafficking cases during this period.
He said the police while cracking down on drug dealers outside the educational institutions arrested 380 accused and recovered 363kg of hashish, 10kg of heroin, 2582 liter of alcohol and 1.75kg of ice from them.