$ 67 billion the annual net income of drug cultivation in Afghanistan: Moqbil
Fri Jan 27, 12:36 pm
Afghan Minister for Counter Narcotics Zarar Ahmad Moqbil Osmani in a visit to Washington said the annual net income of drug cultivation and trafficking is 65 to 67 billion dollars in Afghanistan.
Mr. Osmani, who was invited to Washington by the US Foreign Affairs and Counter Narcotics Ministries, said only three percent of the net income are obtained by the Afghan farmers and the Afghan Taliban get 155 million dollars but the Pakistani Taliban obtain annually 2 billion dollars.
He said he has seriously talked to the US officials and they have accepted his views that the drug cultivation is not only Afghan’s challenge but also is a global problem.
“He has asked the US officials for the treatment of the drug addicts with the cooperation of Afghanistan and other regional countries to reduce the drug demands.” Mr. Moqbil said.
Mr. Moqbil stated that US has promised to cooperate in the elimination of drug cultivation and trafficking in Afghanistan.
He said the Ministry of Counter Narcotics in cooperation with the Ministries of Public Health and Social Affairs are working on the new strategy. He said the capacity of anti-drug forces has also been increased but needs to be more equipped.