It’s World International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and though Pakistani authorities keep talking about cracking down drug abuse in the country, it’s unfortunate that the number of drug users have increased in the country. Statistics on the number of drug users in the country are not as easily available as the drugs themselves but the fact remains that drug abuse is a cause for concern. Earlier this year, minister Shahryar Afridi claimed that 75% of students in Islamabad’s educational institutions are drug addicts.
We did some research on which drugs are the most popular among teenagers and the results are listed below. This article can serve as a guide to parents and friends and help them identify if those around them are using drugs.
Cocaine is allegedly the most popular drug among the youth, though a gram of coke can cost between Rs 12,000 and Rs 20,000 depending on the quality. News reports also suggest that overdose of it is the reason behind so many young deaths in the country.
Hash or weed, locally known as chars, has become very popular among the youth so much so that it is no longer considered a drug. It is either rolled into a cigarette and smoked or people add it to their sheesha for a stronger effect. 100 grams of chars cost Rs 1500 depending on where you get it from. You can roll about 25 cigarettes with 100 grams of chars.
Lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD for short, is a hallucinogenic drug. Depending on the strip potency, this drug can cost between Rs 2,000 and Rs 4000.
Use of meth and ice has drastically increased in our country. The powder-like substance, which can keep you alert and active for hours, typically costs around 500,000 rupees for a kilo.
The ecstasy drug is available in the form of a pill which can cost between Rs 2500 and Rs 4000, depending on the variation.
MDMA, better known as molly, is a compound of the ecstasy pill. Its price is approximately Rs 9000 per gram and one typically swallows it to feel high. However, it can also be smoked.
An ancient Hindu temple, closed since Partition will once again be opened for worshippers after a long hiatus of 72 years.
As per details, the Shawala Teeja Singh Temple, located on Circular Road in Sialkot, is more than a 1,000 years old. Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Evacuee Trust Property Board (EPTB) Chairman Dr Amir Ahmed to facilitate its reopening. Members of the Hindu community had long been demanding for the temple to be opened. Pakistani Hindu community leader Surinder Kumar welcomed the decision and thanked the government for supporting the Hindu community.
Made of granite and sandstone, the temple sits high on a sand dune in a congested, residential neighborhood. Over the years, the temple has fallen prey to neglect as a result of which the intricate carvings on the thick outside pillars have long faded or been scrubbed off by drug addicts. The sacred idols of Lord Shiva in the building have also been stolen or destroyed.
According to Arab News, basic repair work on the temple is underway and a boundary wall has been constructed to mark the perimeters of the building. Doors have also been refitted near the prayer room. Officials said that complete restoration would take up to five years, for which UNESCO and the Karachi-based Aga Khan Foundation have been taken on board.
On August 5, a formal opening ceremony would be held to mark the day Hindus celebrate the snake festival of Nag Panchami. Idols of Hindu deities will be transported to the temple from other temples in Pakistan and India for the ceremony.
Earlier in July, an inauguration ceremony was carried out with several Hindu leaders present.
Punjab is full of religious sites for both Hindus and Sikhs. Earlier, a gurdwara dating back 500 years in Sialkot was opened for Sikh pilgrims.