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Sangrur MP asks Badal govt to take up drug trafficking issue with Pakistan Punjab CM

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 12, 2013
First Published: 21:02 IST(12/12/2013) | Last Updated: 21:06 IST(12/12/2013)

MP Vijay Inder Singla has demanded that the Punjab government should take up the cross-border drug infiltration issue with the visiting Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif. Sharif is slated to arrive in Punjab on Friday on a three-day state visit.

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In a press statement, the Sangrur MP and Congress leader said there was an urgent need to sensitise and engage Pakistan in a dialogue on the drug issue to fight the 'war on drugs' and that the Badal government should seek cooperation from Sharif.

He said the "camaraderie with Sharif is welcome" but the Punjab government must show its sincerity to its people by raising voice against drug infiltration from Pakistan.

Singla said the situation in Punjab is especially alarming with large seizures of narcotics and synthetic drugs being made by enforcement agencies at regular intervals. Recent indications of organised international drug syndicates operating from across the border with complicity of local police were more worrisome and demanded urgent attention, he said.

"The seizures from the rail cargo at Wagah/Attari also point out to a systematic effort to push drugs into India with consequential effect of targeting our future generations," he added.

Chandigarh, MP Vijay Inder Singla, Punjab government, should take up the cross-border drug infiltration issue with the visiting Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif.

Sharif is slated to arrive in Punjab on Friday on a three-day state visit.

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