The Church of Scientology International European Public Affairs Office partnered with the Pakistan Businessmen Forum of Belgium and the Institute for Peace and Development to help 50 Pakistani youth commit to live drug-free lives.

Drug-free marshals pledge to remain drug-free and inform others about the dangers of drugs.
At this week's celebration of the 62nd anniversary of Pakistani independence held in the Belgian capital, more than 600 members of the Belgian Pakistani community looked on while the young people were sworn in as Drug-Free Marshals, taking an oath in the Urdu language to live drug-free lives and help their friends and families do the same.

The Church of Scientology's presentation of its anti-drug campaign to the Belgian Pakistani community, including three video clips that raised awareness of the devastating effects of marijuana, alcohol, and heroin, could not have been timelier.  It addressed the same issue raised last Tuesday by Pakistan's Ministry for Narcotics Control, that there are an estimated 620,800 drug addicts in Pakistan, 77 percent of them heroin users.

In October 1947, just months after Pakistan gained its independence, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, first Governor-General of Pakistan, said, "My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation."  Today, one of those issues is drug abuse and addiction.

"In today's world, independence means more than political sovereignty," said Marc Bromberg, managing director of the European Public Affairs Office of the Church of Scientology International.  "Freedom from drug abuse and addiction is a significant aspect of an independent life."

For more information on the anti-drug programs of the Church of Scientology visit the Scientology website.