The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

CNJC sentences most drug-traffickers in past one year


Narcotics is a vicious phenomenon threatening national security and affecting political, economic and national identification of the country. Fighting the phenomenon is one of priorities of relevant organs. Currently, Counter Narcotics Justice Center (CNJC) says nearly half of all drug-trafficking cases reviewed by the center during the past one year belonged to Kabul.
From among 810 drug-trafficking cases that have been submitted to CNJC in the past one year, 310 have belonged to Kabul.
“Besides increase in arresting drug-traffickers by Afghan security forces in Kabul, recent authorizations that have been granted to CNJC as a result of modification of law on counter narcotics, the Counter Narcotics Justice Center with close cooperation of security forces has been able to arrest most drug-traffickers, trying to traffic drugs abroad through Afghanistan airports,” said Khalid Mowahid, a spokesperson to Counter Narcotics Justice Center.
A number of Afghan security experts believe that drug-traffickers are making use of Kabul as main route for trafficking of drugs to four zones of the country.
“The problem of narcotics has no short-term solution. There is no strategy for this as Afghanistan has now 3.5 million drug-addicts and there are concerns that the number will increase to 7 million in coming 18 years,” said Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, an Afghan military expert.
Increasing demand for drugs and easy access to it as well as poverty, unemployment and insecurity are considered as main causes for increasing of cultivation and drug-trafficking in the country.
Meanwhile, poppy cultivation has increased as thousands acres of lands have been allocated for cultivation of poppy in various parts of the country in particular areas mostly controlled by the Taliban group. In addition, there are thousands of people who are using different types of drugs in cities and villages as well as neighboring countries.
Currently, regional countries are facing with increasing challenges of narcotics. Afghanistan as a producer, while neighboring countries as consumers and main transit route to European and western countries.
For successfully fighting narcotics, joint regional strategy and programs are needed to fight narcotics, which is considered as the best component for counter narcotics. Meanwhile, regional countries should give hands and jointly work to address the phenomenon. Afghanistan and its neighboring countries are seriously needed to somehow prevent from increasing drug-trafficking.
Afghanistan is now facing with three issues such as corruption, poppy cultivation and terrorism. Therefore, it is time for Afghanistan, international community and regional countries to jointly work and fight the latter two phenomena threatening security of both Afghanistan and the world.
Lailuma Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.