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‘Lack of political will behind increasing Afghan drugs’

‘Lack of political will behind increasing Afghan drugs’

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Jan 21, 2018 - 20:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon commission on Counter-Narcotics on Sunday demanded 'a strong political will on national and international level’ for eradicating the menace of drugs.

Mohammad Naeem Lalai Hameedzai, who heads the lower house commission, told a conference “National Dialogue against Drugs” here that a strong commitment and coordination was needed on national and international levels to eradicate narcotics.

He said a strong and organised strategy on domestic and global fronts could not been seen and noted that drug trafficking accounted for one of terrorists “effective source of income”.

He said $850 million had been spent on anti-drug campaigns in Afghanistaninfo-icon during the past 15 years, but these efforts produced no results.

“In the anti-narcotic law, we enforced the treatment of drug addicts but foreigners disagreed to the move and cut off their assistance,” he said.

Counter-Narcotics Minister Salamat Azemi said there was a direct link between the surge in poppy cultivation in Afghanistan and its demand in international markets. She called for ‘strict measures’ to tackle the menace.

Afghanistan remains worldinfo-icon’s biggest drugs producer where poppy cultivation surged by 87 percent this solar yearinfo-icon, producing 9,000 tons compared to 4,800 tons of drugs the previous solar year.

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