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Ulema stress strong govt campaign against narcotics

Ulema stress strong govt campaign against narcotics

Jul 20, 2016 - 15:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Religious scholars attending a gathering in Kabul on Wednesday asked the government to deal with externalinfo-icon and internal factors behind drug cultivation and smuggling in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The gathering was held in connection with “Unity Week against Narcotics” that was launched on Sunday.

Advisor to the Ministry of Hajjinfo-icon, Auqaf and Religious Affairs, Maulviinfo-icon 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.

Qaem urged religious scholars to talk about the hazardous effects of drugs on healthinfo-icon and societyinfo-icon in their Friday’s sermons at least once a month because people respected their instructions.

Afghanistan remains the worldinfo-icon’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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