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Jul 10, 2017
Paktika drug menace grips more than 600 women
Jul 09, 2017 - 23:58
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Sunday accused security officials of their inovolvent in smuggling, purchasing and selling drugs in southeastern Paktika province, where the number of women addicted to addicts has increased besides men.
Paktika’s Milma Civil Foundation head, Yaqoob Khan, told a gathering in Sharana, the provincial capital, that the population of drug addicts was on the increase in Paktika where drugs were not cultivated.
He alleged some government officials had a hand in smuggling, purchasing and selling of drugs. Activist questioned how police could prevent the menace of drugs when many of them were themselves dependent on drugs. He asked the government to fire addicted police and those involved in drug smuggling.
Paktika provincial council deputy head, Aziz Aziz, confirmed drug addicts were increasing in the province, saying no step had been taken to prevent it.
According to him, the sole 20-bed rehabilitation hospital in Orgun district in the entire province couldn’t cope with all the addicts at a time when most of the addicts after their rehabilitation returned to the habit due to unemployment.
Paktika counter-narcotics department head, Omid Katawazai, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the provincial police headquarters were not cooperative in curbing drugs. He said the number of drug addicts had surged, citing poverty and the ongoing war as main reasons.
Governor Ilyas Wahdat admitted security forces had failed to prevent drugs in Paktika like the rest of the country, but said efforts were ongoing to deal with the scourge.
The governor said the bulk of drugs came to Paktika from Pakistan’s northern and southern Waziristan tribal region, where he claimed the drugs were processed in factories before transferring them to Afghanistan’s provinces.
Official figures show more than 600 women are addicted to drugs in Paktika besides thousands of male junkies.
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