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Under police nose, drug sale rises in Kunduz

Security & Crime




Under police nose, drug sale rises in Kunduz

Nov 24, 2019 - 15:03

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Public representatives and residents of northern Kunduz province claim drugs are purchased and sold close to the Counter-Narcotics Department (CNP), with police pocketing bribes instead of stopping the illicit business.

Police, however, rejected the allegations and reaffirmed their commitment to fighting poppy cultivation and drug trafficking in the province.

Safiullah Amiri, deputy head of the Provincial Council, said that Counter-Narcotics Department officials and police made money from the unlawful drug commerce.

Without providing evidence, he said: “Most youth in Kunduz used K tablets and other drugs. The illegal substances are easily available in the Howz Street -- 200 metres from the Counter-Narcotics Department.”

Mohammad Yusaf Ayubi, the Provincial Council chairman, also confirmed the effortless availability of drugs in most parts of the city.

“As a result of open sale of drugs in Kunduz City, the number of drug addicts surged with every passing day. We want police to stop drug business and its sale.”

Humayun, a resident of Kunduz City, alleged illicit substance are easily available in the Howz Street. He said his friends had purchased several bottles of wine in the street recently.

“Everything -- wine, K tablet and hashish -- are available in this street,” the inhabitant maintained.

Civil societyinfo-icon activist Enayatullah Khaleq told Pajhwok Afghan News the number of drug addicts was on the rise in the city.

“The city and its streets are full of junkies and it is all because of the negligence of the Counter-Narcotics Department,” he charged.

Counter-Narcotics Director Abdul Basir said no survey had been conducted recently to ascertain the number of drug addicts. According to last year’s survey, 30,000 people are addicted to drugs in Kunduz.

He expressed concern over the growing number of addicts in the province, calling for effective measures to rehabilitate them.

Police spokesman Inamuddin Rahmani, speaking to this news agency, insisted they had been doing their bit to combat poppy cultivation and drug trade.

“Ten notorious drug smugglers have been arrested this year. And currently police are striving to stop the purchase and sale of drugs. I categorically reject police involvement in the drug business,” he said.



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