Drugs-free Afghanistan in 12 years, says official
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior counternarcotics official at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday that a three phase plan had been worked out to eradicate the menace of drugs from the country.
Speaking at a gathering to mark the international Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi said cultivation and smuggling of drugs would be eliminated gradually from the country in 12 years time.
He said poppy cultivation would be declined by 30 percent in the first three years and by 50 percent in the coming five years. He added that 100 percent drug eradication would take total 12 years time.
He claimed drug trafficking was the main source of strength behind insurgency, corruption and other problems in the country and stressed the need for countrywide campaign against illicit substance.
Salamat Azimi, minister of counternarcotics, said the government was committed to eliminate cultivation and smuggling of drugs.
She said drugs were sources of poverty, insecurity and joblessness in the country. She lamented currently as many as 3.5 million Afghans were addicted to drugs.
She said anti drugs campaign was not possible without the help of international community.
Public Health Minister Firozuddin Firoz said the use of drugs had dangerous consequences and it was the sources of deadly diseases such as HIV-Aids and Hepatitis.
Officials of the US, United Kingdom (UK) embassies and United Nation Office for Drug and Crime (UNODC) were also present on the occasion and assured their assistance in anti-drug campaign.
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