Justice Lahore High Court, Ali Akbar Qureshi has ordered to ban smoking at the educational institutes, public offices, and public places. In addition, the judge on Tuesday summoned the Social Welfare Director and also directed the Punjab Chief Secretary in the regard over smoking at educational institutions and public places.
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Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi, Lahore High Court has heard the petition over prohibits smoking, filling the petition against 18 respondents. Secretary of Pakistan Federation, Secretary for Ministry of Interior and Narcotic Control, Narcotic Control Division, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Anti-Narcotics Force, and Educational Secretary Punjab government come under the petition filed by the Lahore High Court judge.
The Petitioner Counsel, Muhammad Azhar Siddique said that smoking is injurious to health and being a horrendous hobby for the youth of Pakistan. He further added that this form of tobacco leads to use as outrageous drugs.
M. Azhar Siddiqui also submitted that the entire authorities have become baref while restricting nothing in public offices and educational institutions. Moreover, the Higher Education Commission has strictly ordered to prohibit cigarette smoking in its affiliated institutes of Pakistan.