of Afghan Narcotics Through Pakistan
is Still Growing
(RIA Novosti) – On Saturday the News newspaper reported that the
transit volume of narcotics from Afghanistan via Pakistan was
still growing despite efforts of Pakistani authorities and law
In 2003, according
to UN data, 30,750 hectares in Afghanistan were sowed with opium
poppy and the harvest amounted to 3,600 tons of raw opium. Dozens
of illegal laboratories on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani
border continue producing heroin.
special forces to combat narcotics trafficking. Frontier guards,
customs services and police as well as army units in frontier
regions are also fighting the narcotics business.
In the last
year in the North-West Frontier alone (with the center in Peshawar)
police seized 71 kg of heroin, 420 kg of opium and almost 10 tons
of hashish. (North-West Frontier is a territory with predominantly
Pushtun population which had been enjoying self-government since
the end of the 19th century when in the course of the "forward
policy" waged by British colonial forces in India the southern
part of the Suleiman mountains inhabited by Pushtuns was torn
away from Afghanistan and first annexed to British India and afterwards
in the wake of India’s independence was annexed to Pakistan when
Moslem Pakistan separated from India).
of the anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan the flow of Afghan
narcotics to the global markets, contrary to expectations, multiplied
(though Taliban used to strictly curb production of opium poppy
having described it as an action against God). The new authority
in Kabul at the moment limits itself to appeals and issuance of
"strict" decrees and the international community allocates
insufficient funds to re-cultivate Afghan lands and compensate
Afghan peasants who decided to give up the drugs growing business.