The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet has approved the draft “KP Control of Narcotics Substance Bill 2019”. The bill proposes a death sentence or life imprisonment for anyone found in possession of over 1kg of methamphetamine, aka, ice.
KP Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai and CM’s Adviser on Merged Districts Ajmal Wazir revealed this at a press conference in Ghalanai.
They further disclosed that the said bill includes severe penalties for those engaged in the business, trafficking, and the use of narcotics with special focus on meth, better known as ice.
The dignitaries told that the draft policy proposes a penalty of two-year imprisonment and fine or both if someone is found in possession of up to 50 grams of ice. The punishment for possession of over 50 grams and less than 100 grams would be three-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 100,000.
For keeping over 100 grams and less than one kg, the person would be given seven-year imprisonment and a Rs. 100,000 to Rs. 300,000 fine.
The judges can award life imprisonment or death sentence if someone is found in possession of over one kg apart from a fine of Rs. 0.5 million to Rs. 1 million.
Under the new policy, the government will establish a special Narcotics Wing in the Excise department to implement the law. The cabinet has also approved proposed amendments in KP Judicial Academy Act 2012 to set up an endowment fund for the judicial academy.
CM KP Mahmood Khan directed the cabinet members to launch an awareness campaign before enacting the policy in print, electronic, and social media.
For the first time, the meeting of a provincial cabinet has been conducted at Ghalanai, the district headquarters of Mohmand. With Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair, the meeting was attended by provincial ministers, chief secretary, and administrative secretaries of several departments.