Badal asks Afghan govt to stop smuggling of heroin

Minutes after receiving a honorary doctorate from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Lovely Professional University (LPU) convocation on Monday

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Phagwara | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:21 pm

Minutes after receiving a honorary doctorate from President Pranab Mukherjee at the Lovely Professional University (LPU) convocation on Monday,Afghan President Hamid Karzai was in for a surprise when Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal appealed to him to stop the flow of heroin from Afghanistan to India.

“It is said that all the heroin that comes to Punjab is from Afghanistan. Later,it is sent to other parts of the country,” Badal said while addressing Karzai.

Badal asked Karzai not to mind his words that “all heroin that comes into Punjab comes from Afghanistan”. “I hope you will not mind. I am speaking on this topic at this occasion because you are here and this (drug menace) is an emotional issue for me. It is quite worrying when our youths are being getting affected.”

He added: “Punjab is granary of the country but this drug menace has affected it badly… I am not aware if heroin smuggling from Afghanistan can be controlled by the government but still I am making an appeal.”

Earlier,while giving his speech at the convocation,Badal requested LPU to open institutes for poor and talented students in remote areas,particularly in border belt.

In a lighter vain,Badal told students that two days are very important in a person’s life — one when he gets a degree and second,when he gets married. “I am here on one of your happiest days. Invite me for the other as well,I will try to come.”

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