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Posted On: 26 June 2009 02:04 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Exhibition to combat drug abuse

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The Minister of State for Interior Affairs, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, opened an exhibition on combating drug abuse at the Villaggio mall yesterday. The exhibition has been organised by the Permanent Committee for Anti-Drugs and Alcohol Abuse (PCDA) to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls today. The Minister of Social Affairs, H E Nasser Al Humaidi; the Director General of Public Security and PCDA’s Chairman, Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi; prominent scholar Dr Ayidh Al Qarni; and directors of various departments at the Ministry of Interior attended the inauguration ceremony of the event, which attracted a huge crowd. The officials, accompanied by invited guests, toured the12 pavilions set up by various government and private organisations. A short documentary film showing the major operations carried out by the law enforcing agencies to foil drug smuggling attempts, was screened on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, scholar Ayidh Al Qarni noted that Islam strictly prohibits drug abuse because it destroys the intellect. “High-level cooperation among authorities in the region and civil society groups is required to prevent the proliferation of drugs, which is posing a social threat,” Al Qarni said. Speaking to reporters, Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi hailed the efforts by various security departments to foil drug trafficking attempts. He expressed appreciation of the cooperation between these departments locally and with agencies in the other Gulf countries. The Security Exhibition will be open to the public for five days. On the sidelines of the expo, the organisers have arranged several activities, including competitions, songs, recreational activities, free blood tests and free psychiatric consultation.