Drug addiction and trafficking in Punjab


by Sunny
23rd January, 2010 at 5:02 am    

Interesting report from Al-Jazeera. I’ve been to Amritsar a few times and didn’t realise the incidents of drug abuse were that high. Really? I’m somewhat doubtful without official figures. Nevertheless – she’s got some excellent footage and interviews.

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  1. Dalbir — on 23rd January, 2010 at 9:25 am  

    Those ‘heroes’ wondering around in Afghanistan could do their bit to stem the heroin trade in the region. Useless……

    The figures do seem inflated though. Maybe Damdami Taksal type organisations aren’t such a bad thing in Panjab if they help prevent the emergence of the modern ‘smakie’ arseholes as seen in the video. Someone should actually take that clip of the junkies and air it on Panjabi prime time TV so those guys families can see what they are up to.

  2. Kismet Hardy — on 23rd January, 2010 at 10:46 am  

    “Someone should actually take that clip of the junkies and air it on Panjabi prime time TV so those guys families can see what they are up to”

    Ooh. Do you know how can I get a shot of me frazzling the foil on Zee TV? I miss my parents. Maybe they’ll get in touch

  3. Dalbir — on 23rd January, 2010 at 10:57 am  

    “Ooh. Do you know how can I get a shot of me frazzling the foil on Zee TV? I miss my parents. Maybe they’ll get in touch”

    Try picking up the phone if you miss them so much. In any case, if your a ‘foil frazzler’ they were probably glad you left. lol

  4. damon — on 23rd January, 2010 at 11:56 am  

    Those figures seem completely daft. There’s no way it’s that high.

    I read this in the paper yesterday:

    ”JOHOR BARU: An unemployed man paid a heavy price for stealing 11 cans of beer worth RM70 – he was jailed for five years.

    Zulhaidi Hamzah, 43, was accused of stealing four cans of Guinness Stout and seven cans of Tiger Beer from a mini market in Pasir Gudang on Jan 17.”

    That’s as long as some prisoners stayed in Guantanamo.

    That’s how they do it here. Bringing kilos of heroin over the border is something you’d really think twice about.

  5. Parvinder — on 23rd January, 2010 at 1:58 pm  

    ‘I’m somewhat doubtful without official figures.’
    ‘The figures do seem inflated though.’

    I spent a year in Amritsar a few years back and believe me, it’s a massive problem. I can understand many of you would not have come across. It’s not visible on the tourist trail as it happens in the more poorer areas on the outskirts of the walled city.

    Dr Bhatia, who has been running a De-addiction centre in Amritsar for the past 15 years states that ‘drug addiction has never been taken seriously by society and the authorities.’

    According to a survey by the Bhatia Neuropsychiatric Hospital and De-addiction Centre, ‘about 80 per cent of the youth is taking drugs in Amritsar’.

    He states that in the past two years, both the death rate and the HIV positive cases have increased by 60 per cent.

    Read this excellent article:

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20020316/windows/main1.htm

    I urge any of us visiting Amritsar in the future to enquire whether De-Addition centres, widows schools or any another NGOs are being properly funded and raise this with the SGPC. I certainly will be.

  6. Dalbir — on 23rd January, 2010 at 6:26 pm  

    I urge any of us visiting Amritsar in the future to enquire whether De-Addition centres, widows schools or any another NGOs are being properly funded and raise this with the SGPC. I certainly will be.

    They don’t seem to give a toss.

  7. Rumbold — on 24th January, 2010 at 10:42 am  

    You do hear a lot about drug problems in Southall, but the extent of the problem is unclear.

  8. damon — on 24th January, 2010 at 1:08 pm  

    So it must be just the same in Pakistan then. Unless there are some reasons why it’s not so prevalent amongst young people there. Maybe they are including those who’ve smoked hash in those figures, as however bad the problem is it can’t be that high for heroin use.
    And if it was, you might wonder how many of the nine and a half thousand Pakistani students in Britain has been drug users. (A majority? surely not?)

  9. Ali — on 24th January, 2010 at 1:46 pm  

    2/3 (or even higher as some estimates say) of all 15-30 year olds are drug users? So how are they funding all of this? The crime rates within the city must therefore be through the roof.

    And what about the other states bordering Pakistan?

  10. Dalbir — on 24th January, 2010 at 2:05 pm  

    Even if the figures are inflated, it doesn’t take away from the fact that there are serious problems with drug trading involving Pakistan/Afghanistan.

    Seeing as the ‘white heroes’ seem to have decided to turn a practical blind eye to poppy cultivation in their ‘war on terror’, it doesn’t come to any surprise to me.

    Panjab needs to employ strict, draconian laws against heroin trafficking in my opinion.

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