Special Attorney in fight against crime, alcohol and drugs said that the list of more than 300 drug traffickers has been submitted to the Supreme Court.
The special attorney declared that they have worked on more than 310 cases of drug smugglers in the past four months.
Afghanistan is the world’s primary source of opium poppy cultivation and opium and heroin. production, as well as a major global source of cannabis (marijuana) and cannabis resin (hashish).
Drug trafficking, a long-standing feature of Afghanistan’s post-Taliban political economy, is linked to corruption and insecurity, and provides a source of illicit finance for non-state armed groups.
Chairman of the Special Attorney in fight against crime, alcohol and drugs, Yar Muhammad Hussain Khail called on the Supreme Court to give 12 to 20 years in jail for each of them.
Based on recent production and trafficking trends, the drug problem in Afghanistan appears to be worsening. Even more shocking is the fact that the Afghan narcotics trade has gotten undeniably worse since the past 13 years; the country produces twice as much opium as it did in 2000.
Afghanistan produces some 90 per cent of the world’s illicit opiates. Hilmand province, in the south, remains the country’s major opium cultivating area, followed by Kandahar, Farah and Nangarhar.
This comes as the annual survey released by the UNODC and the Afghan Ministry of Counter-narcotics found that total eradication decreased by sixty-three per cent to two thousand, six hundred and ninety-two hectares, as governor-led poppy eradication campaigns were less active in all regions, amid an unfavourable security situation.