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Narcotics openly sold at Gardez shops, hotels

Narcotics openly sold at Gardez shops, hotels

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Sep 03, 2018 - 21:50

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Provincial council members and residents of Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktia province, say narcotics are easily accessible in some of the city’s shops and hotels.

Adil, a resident, told Pajhwok Afghan News that some drug dealers supplied hashish, opium and crystal meth to shopkeepers for selling to other people.

Jumarat Masum, another resident of Gardez city, said drugs were openly sold in the city.

He said drug addicts obtained narcotics from specific shops in the city anytime they wanted. He asked officials concerned to prevent the drug business in the city.

“Drug sales and use will ruin our youth, it would damage our societyinfo-icon and our country in general if this situation is not controlled,” he said.

Alamir Bahramzai, a former provincial council member of Paktia, said that he had several times shared the drug business issue with the officials concerned, but no action was taken.

He said drug dealers were allowed to do their business in the city against bribes they paid to some senior officials.

“Drugs are sold in some of the city’s shops and hotels while detective and counternarcotics organs have failed to take action, or they have probably received bribe,” Bahramzai said.

Mohammad Rahman Qaderi, another provincial council member, said that drugs were sold on a high scale in Gardez.

He said those arrested over dealing in drugs were released soon after detention because of corruption.

 “Narcotics are sold openly in Gardez in shops known to the buyers. Hashish is available in every shop, but security organs are doing nothing, they release in two or three days if they detain one,” he said.

Hafizullah Ahmadzai, the provincial counternarcotics department head, confirmed the sale of narcotics in Gardez city, but said efforts were underway to control them.

“Some shops with small goods sell drugs, but most of these shopkeepers have been detained and maybe are not, but we know them,” he said.

Paktia police chief, Raz Mohammad Mandozai, also said narcotics were sold in some shops and hotels of Gardez but they were trying to prevent it.

He said it were judiciary organs that released those detained in connection with drugs after a few days of their detention.

Paktia residents recently expressed concern over the increase in drug addicts in the province.

Despite zero poppy cultivation in Paktia, the Ministry of Counternarcotics has ceased providing one million US dollars in reward to the province for the last three years.

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