Police in collusion with drug peddlers: ARC
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Reform Council (ARC) on Thursday said drugs were being sold in capital Kabul openly, alleging that police was in connivance with those involved in the illicit business.
Sayed Rahmatullah Nahzatyar, ARC head, said police and other influential figures were cooperating with drug sellers in Kabul. “Drugs are being sold few steps away from police checkpoints in public.”
In a statement issued by ARC, the government has been urged to curb this grave social issue.
Rehabilitation of addicts in Kabul, specifying drug production centres, detaining the sellers, and supporting rehab centres were some of the demands made in the statement.
Mohammad Ayub, one of the addicts, said they received drugs from Pul-i-Sokhta or the streets nearby the locality.
Seddiq Seddiqi, Ministry of Interior spokesperson, rejected allegations, saying if people had any evidence they should share with the authorities. “The leadership of the MoI has sternly directed all police forces to use all means in arresting drug smugglers and sellers,” he claimed.
Based on a survey released last year, number of drug addicts in Afghanistan has risen to three million.
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