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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

On the Mayor of Kabul and His Brothers

Since Heffron claimed that drug money was being used to finance the Afghan resistance, he was queried about The World Drug Report 2008, by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC), finding that Afghanistan had a record opium harvest in 2007 - 8,200 metric tons or 92 percent of global production - which led to a near doubling of the world's illegal opium output since 2005; the area under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rising by 17 percent last year, making it the largest ever in the country. He retorted that ISAF is not responsible for either the eradication of poppy crop or for dismantling the processing laboratories.

It is a failure of ISAF that it remained oblivious to the warlords' cultivation as well as processing and trafficking of drugs only because it needed the support of the warlords politically.
It is an interesting fact that Afghan President Hamid Karzai's own brother Ahmad Wali was named as one of the biggest drug barons by the Afghan Attorney General, but instead of taking action against his brother, Karzai sacked the Attorney General. Another brother, Izzatullah Wasifi, who was arrested and convicted by the US government in 1987 for drug trafficking was made the Governor of Afghanistan's southern province of Farah and later, appointed as the all powerful Chief of Afghanistan's General Independent Administration of Anti-Corruption with responsibilities to prevent the Opium growth and Heroin production and its illicit export. No wonder drug trafficking has received a massive boost in Afghanistan.

Charge-sheeting ISAF By S.M. Hali


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