Danish links Afghanistan’s, world’s security to fighting drugs
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Sunday said the bulk of funding to the insurgency in Afghanistan came from drug trade which he said was tied to the security of Afghanistan and the world.
Danish was addressing a gathering in connection with ‘National Unity Week’ and International Solidarity Day in Kabul titled “Narcotics are pushing us to destruction, let’s be united against it.
The second VP said the drugs had caused more damage to Afghanistan than any other country and the most dangerous aspect of the menace was its funding of the insurgency.
He said currently the armed opponents’ big part of income was generated through drug trade and the insurgents staunchly supported poppy cultivation and drug smuggling in Afghanistan. “That’s why narcotics are linked to Afghanistan’s and the world’s security.”
He said the drug trade had direct connections with local and international mafias and therefore it resulted in organized crimes and its income was used to promote corruption in government departments and weaken people’s trust in government entities and a legitimate national economy and good governance.
The VP said income from drug trade had brought under its influence the country’s economic and social development. The high-ranking government official said the Afghan government has been fighting against the menace of narcotics over the past more than a decade, keeping in views its devastating effects.
Danish said the creation of a separate counternarcotics ministry showed the government’s resolve to fight drugs. “Strategic plans, law enforcement policy, reducing the demand for drugs programme, alternate source of income, public awareness campaign were among the programmes we have implemented so far and have many achievements in this regard,” he said.
The VP cited challenges including demand for drugs in the international market, the presence of international mafia, the lack of cooperation among regional countries and the international community, abject poverty of farmers and the lack of required budget that hindered efforts at dealing with the drug problem.
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