PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday directed the administration of Khyber tribal district to take action against ice drug producing factories.

A two-member bench of the PHC comprising Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Nasir Mehfooz issued these directions while hearing a petition filed against the excessive use of drugs by youth, mostly students.

The court observed that the deputy commissioner of Khyber district will have to face action if he didn’t act against ice drug factories. The court also ordered deployment of police personnel outside schools, colleges and hostels for checking of Ice drugs as there are reports that both girl and boys students are becoming addicts of the drugs in Peshawar. Police was directed to take strict action against the drug users and peddlers in Peshawar and submit report before the next hearing.

The court also expressed concern over the slow pace of work by the federal government on legislation for curbing the use of Ice drug in the country and urged the need for urgency in this regard.

The use of ice drug has increased alarmingly among the youth and it has claimed several lives recently.