Ulema Council should help curb drugs: Moqbil
Sun Jun 17, 11:51 am
The Ministry of Counter Narcotics has urged the religious scholars and prayer leaders to cooperate in eradicating the drug menace in the country.
Addressing the third anti-drug meeting of Ulema Council Saturday in Kabul, the minister of counter narcotics, Zarar Ahmad Moqbil Osmani, said nearly one million people are addicted to drugs which are a major threat to the country.
Valuing the role of religious scholars in the combat against drug, the minister said the presence of one million drug addicts was a huge economical drain in the country.
Stressing the importance to fight against drug, the members of Afghanistan Ulema Council said law enforcement and peace could have a positive impact in eliminating the drug addiction.
The participants urged the only way to combat the drug cultivation and trafficking was to ensure peace, implement law on the drug traffickers and create employment opportunities for the unemployed people.
Due to the disasters that destroyed poppy fields in several opium producing countries, Afghanistan produced 90 percent of world opium last year, according to the statistics provided last year by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Drug production and trafficking is one of the major concerns of Afghan government and international community as it has been the primary funding source of insurgents.