‘Drug traders being dealt with sternly in Khost’
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Senior provincial officials on Tuesday said they were sternly dealing with drug producers, traders and smugglers in southeastern Khost province.
These views were expressed by the provincial governor, Hukam Khan Habibi, and police chief Brig. Gen. Faizullah Ghairat while torching confiscated narcotics in Khost City, the provincial capital.
The governor said the narcotics torched had been confiscated by security officials during separate 54 operations and searches. He said more than 100 individuals had been arrested in connection with the drugs.
“The seizure included five types of drugs, more than 100kg of hashish, more than a kilo of opium, an amount of heroin, 97litres of alcoholic beverages and powder known as glass.”
The governor asked security organs to take stern action against drug smugglers and dealers whether small or big and send them behind the bars.
“Our security and judicial organs are committed to arresting and punishing drug smugglers in accordance with the law and we have a strong will in this regard,” Habibi said.
Police chief Brig. Gen. Faizullah Ghairat told Pajhwok Afghan News that most of the 100 people detained in connection with drug smuggling had been convicted.
He said police in coordination with other security forces were taking serious measures to prevent drug smuggling and business.
Though poppy and other such crops are not grown in Khost, but drug smuggling and sales are openly done in Khost City and districts.
Resident Nazirullah told Pajhwok Afghan News if the government wanted to do away with narcotics, it should first arrest security officials believed to be involved in the business.
“Otherwise the government can never succeed in achieving a drugs-free society.”
But the police chief said they had obtained credible evidence and each smuggler would be arrested and he himself would do that.
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