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Govt’s counternarcotics fight a ‘failure’, say Uruzganis

Govt’s counternarcotics fight a ‘failure’, say Uruzganis

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Sep 14, 2017 - 18:41

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Residents, religious scholars and civil societyinfo-icon activists in central Uruzgan province on Thursday said the government had failed in properly combating the menace of drugs.

Participants of a counter-narcotics gathering held at the governor’s house here criticized the government’s performance with regard to combating narcotics.

A cleric and participant of the gathering, Mualvi Abdul Aziz, said fighting drugs remained limited to talks and promises and no practical action was being taken.

He said drugs were cultivated few meters away from the provincial administration every year, contributing to the increase in the number of drug addicts.

Aziz said if the government didn’t do away with drugs, more youth would slip into addiction.

A civil society activist, Attaullah Afghan, also asked the government to become more serious in the fight against drugs.

He slammed the government had failed to take essential steps and measures for eliminating the scourge of drugs.

Uruzgan counter-narcotics officials also admitted some concerns of people as true, saying they discharged their responsibility to their level best.

The department’s head, Hamidullah, said growing and using drugs was illegal from Islamic point of view, so farmers should shun the illicit plant.

He asked all the Afghans to join hands for making a success the ongoing fight against narcotics.

Currently more than 15,000 people are addicted to drugs in Uruzgan province.

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