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Some Badakhshan officials involved in drug trade: Begzad

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Some Badakhshan officials involved in drug trade: Begzad

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Apr 25, 2017 - 19:22

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The governor of northeastern Badakhshan province on Tuesday said irresponsible armed men and some government officials were involved in drug smuggling and even used military vehicles for that purpose.  

Ahmad Faisal Begzad, while inaugurating a counternarcotics campaign, accused Pakistan of trying for years to promote poppy cultivation for undermining security in the country.

He said farmers were not involved in cultivation and drug smuggling because they lacked the ability to do so. Irresponsible gunmen and some security officials were complicit in smuggling of drugs and even using military vehicles for that.

The governor said 7kg of heroin was recovered from an army Humvee tank in Kesham district recently. “If police stop cooperating with smugglers, illegal gunmen and framers cannot cultivate and smuggle poppy in any way. We want police to prevent poppy cultivation in Badakhshan.”

The governor said President Ghani had ordered a strict fight against poppy and district chiefs’ performance was linked to poppy eradication in their respective areas.

The anti-poppy campaign is participated by heads of government departments, district chiefs and religious scholars.

Qaid Afandi, head of the provincial counter narcotics department, said last year about 2070 hectares of land in 11 districts was cleared of poppy despite insecurity.

Afandi said poppy cultivation had been zero in Badakhshan in 1391-92 solar years, but farmers started growing the plant in areas ruled by Taliban.

“Security situation is good compared to past years and we plan to eradicate poppy with the help of people, religious scholars, districts heads and security forces.”

Sadullah Abuaman, head of Ulema Council, said poppy has no place in Islam and was not allowed and people who used drugs were burden on their families and society.  

“I call on all religious scholars to fight against cultivation and smuggling of drugs in Badakhshan and express the harm of drugs.”

Jamal-u-Din Jahid, deputy civil police chief, said counternarcotics police seized tons of narcotics and intoxicants and destroyed eight heroin producing factories in different parts of the province last solar year.

Zaman-u-Din, a resident of Argo district, said one acre of land produced 420 to 500kg of wheat and the same land produced 14 to 28kg of opium which was not comparable to the wheat in price.

He called on the government to improve living standard of farmers and provide them alternative crops that could give enough yield.

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