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J&K horribly battling drug abuse, govt ‘least bothered’: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, Jun 13: Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said the future of Jammu and Kashmir is being endangered as the government is “least bothered” to address the issue of drug addiction.

Coming down heavily on the government, the National Conference (NC) vice president,  said that due to drug addiction, crimes are increasing and the government must address the issue very sensitively.

“We have seen statements on tourism, investment, and fanfare on G20, but on this big issue, there has not been a single mention by the government,” Omar said while talking to the media persons at the party headquarters here.

“The purpose of today’s meet is to draw the attention of the government to prepare a roadmap on how to put an end to this menace,” he said, adding that drug addiction is not a political but a social issue that has assumed a “dangerous” pace.

On narco smuggling “from across the border”, the NC vice president said, “The government claims that not even a bird can fly over to this side. Then how come these drugs are being smuggled here? Are there loopholes in the fencing or any weakness somewhere in the anti-infiltration grid?”

“From wherever it is coming, they are being used here,” Omar said. “If it is coming through Punjab, why it is not being stopped at its border with J&K; if it is coming through the LoC, the government has to answer. I am not getting into the blame game. We demand the use of these drugs must completely end here.”


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