The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

What’s our responsibility in treatment of millions of drug addicts?

In the previous government of the Islamic Emirate, the then-Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid declared ban on the cultivation of poppy and hashish. For the first time, Afghanistan was fully cleared of narcotics. But, after the fall of the Islamic Emirate in late 2001 and with start of the occupation, cultivation of poppy and hashish was resumed once again in the country and the country changed to a big market of narcotics and was titled as a top country in poppy cultivation.
Although continued anti-narcotics campaigns were followed by the invading soldiers and their servants until end of the 20-year occupation and billions in dollars were spent and thousands of operations were carried out, narcotics were not rooted out, instead it increased until Afghanistan was announced as the largest producer of drugs in the world. In fact, all campaigns launched to root out narcotics were symbolic.
Unfortunately, the people of Afghanistan and the country have heavily suffered from narcotics. The then-powerful figures have fully benefited from drug trafficking and invested in towers inside and outside of the country, but they left poverty and 3.5 million drug addicts behind.
During the 20-year occupation, millions of Afghan youth have turned to use drugs. Statistics have shown that there are now 3.5 million drug addicts in the country. Kabul’s Pul-e-Sokhta had changed to a home for drug addicts and drug mafia and drugs were sold openly.
When the Islamic Emirate (IEA) took power in mid-August 2021 and security improved across the country, it found that the previous government left lots of challenges behind. One of the challenges was rounding up and treatment of millions of drug addicts in the country.
As a first step, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Emirate Shaikh Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada in a decree last year banned the deals, usage, export, import, and production factories of any drugs like alcoholic beverages, heroin, hashish, and drug pills are seriously prohibited in the country. A number of political experts considered that banning on the cultivation of poppy and hashish was not possible, but they were wrong. Now, nobody could find an acre of land on which poppy has been cultivated.
Although equipped hospitals, big budget and thousands of medics are needed to round up drug addicts and provide treatment to them in health centers, the Islamic Emirate started the initiative and round up thousands of drug addicts in the country. With the order of the IEA Supreme Leader, campaigns have been started to round up drug addicts and hospitals and prisons have been set for the treatment of drug addicts in all of provinces in the country.
Rounding up and then treatment of 3 million drug addicts is not simple as there are thousands of drug addicts in only Kabul, the capital, but the Islamic Emirate with its initiative did round up all drug addicts from Pul-e-Sokhta and transferred them to health centers. The step has been welcomed at the national and international levels. Drug addicts are now happy that they are under treatment in the country’s health centers.
The Islamic Emirate has opened a 5,000-bed hospital for medical treatment of drug addicts. It is the first time in the country’s history that a hospital was opened with such a big capacity of beds for the treatment of drug addicts.
Not only medical treatment has been provided to drug addicts but also ground has been paved for their children to get education. Besides, a separate treatment center has been created for the treatment of female drug addicts and all necessary facilities have been provided for both groups of drug addicts in the rehabilitation centers.
We call on the Islamic world and all Muslims to cooperate with the Islamic Emirate in fulfilling this great task so that it can save the lives of millions of people in Afghanistan. The Almighty Allah says in the Holy Quran: “Whoever saved a mankind it should be regarded as though he had saved all mankind”.
We also call on the families of drug addicts to help in the treatment of their children, brothers, fathers and relatives who are now under treatment. It has happened many times that a drug addict was treated, but when they are discharged from the health center, they returned to using drugs due to the neglect of their family.
Mawlavi Rahmatullah Hamad

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.