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IEA to speed up counter-narcotics efforts countrywide

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has made continued efforts towards rooting out drugs since it took control in mid-August 2021. Afghanistan Ministry of Interior (MoI) has informed of rounding up nearly 80,000 drug addicts across the country.
According to the ministry, more than 20,000 drug addicts have been rounded up from only Kabul, the capital. All the drug addicts that have been rounded up from various parts of Kabul in recent months are under treatment at rehabilitation centers.
“Since the IEA takeover in mid-August in 2021, 82,000 drug addicts including women and children have been rounded up across the country,” said Abdul Nafi Takoor, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior.
He added that in a series of operations that have been launched as part of counter-narcotics efforts, 5,000 individuals that have been involved in drug-trafficking have been arrested and nearly 200 firms where drugs were produced have been destroyed.
Meanwhile, the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says 60 rehabilitation centers are operating in the country. According to the ministry’s data, more than 28,000 drug addicts have been treated so far.
“All rehabilitation centers where drug addicts are under treatment in the country’s 24 provinces have remained open for the past 18 months,” said Sharafat Zaman Amarkhil, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health.
Amarkhil added that 10 rehabilitation centers have been allotted for the treatment of those women and children who were drug addicts. In recent weeks, the Islamic Emirate has opened a 3,000-bed hospital for the treatment of drug addicts in Kabul, the capital.
Meanwhile, more than 1,500 drug addicts have been recently rounded up from Pul-e-Sokhta area and have been transferred to the rehabilitation center for treatment. With rounding up all the drug addicts from Pul-e-Sokhta, the area has been completely cleaned by Kabul Municipality. The Kabul municipality’s recent initiative has been widely welcomed in the national and international levels.
The initiative of rounding up the country’s drug addicts have been also welcomed and praised by even drug addicts who called the move as unprecedented.
The Islamic Emirate leadership has stressed that the Islamic Emirate is committed to a serious fight against drugs and that efforts are being made to treat drug addicts and speed up counter-narcotics in the country. The IEA has also called on international charities and organizations to cooperate with the Islamic Emirate in counter-narcotics efforts.
Counter-narcotics efforts have been accelerated after a decree which has been issued by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in connection with the prohibition of the cultivation, trafficking, sale and use of drugs across the country.
Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.