Ulema stress strong govt campaign against narcotics
The gathering was held in connection with “Unity Week against Narcotics” that was launched on Sunday.
Advisor to the Ministry of Hajj, Auqaf and Religious Affairs, Maulvi Karamatullah Munib, told the gathering his remarks: “If we are producing narcotics, who are processing them into heroin and other drugs? Without any doubt, it is the job of international mafia.”
He said mafias and smugglers who enjoyed full support of regional and international drug mafias were paying the way for production and demand of narcotics.
“The drug trade has foreign factors in Afghanistan. We Afghans are earning a bad name but the benefits go elsewhere. That’s why we strongly ask the government to identify, target and do away with foreign factors and take strong measures in this regard.”
Another religious scholar, Maulvi Salim Shah Tawhidi, told the gathering that not only alcohol, but every substance that caused intoxication were illegitimate.
“It is a great pity that drug addicts live in such places where even animals would not stay.”
Deputy counternarcotics minister for policy and coordination, Javed Ahmad Qaem, told the gathering that the issue of narcotics in Afghanistan so big that his ministry alone could not overcome it.
He said the Afghan government was trying its level best to counter drug production and smuggling.
Afghanistan remains the world’s leading drugs producing country where 3.6 million of its own people are addicted to drugs.
Large sums of money have been spent in Afghanistan in counternarcotics efforts, but its production and smuggling has drastically increased during the past 14 years.
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