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Badakhshan PC candidate arrested while smuggling 294 kg of opium

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

Badakhsahn PC candidate arrestedA provincial council candidate was arrested in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan while he was smuggling 294 kg of opium.

The candidate, Noor Ahmad, also known as Mawlavi Abdul Rab belongs to Koof district of Badakhshan province and was arrested with a Ford Ranger vehicle.

Dr. Nilofar Ibrahimi, lawmaker from Badakhshan province in Afghan parliament, said Noor Ahmad is a close relative of Afghan lawmaker Fawzia Koofi who represents northeastern Badakhshan province in Wolesi Jirga – lower house of the parliament of Afghanistan.

She said Noor Ahmad was contesting for provincial council seat during the election with support of Fawzia Koofi and had secured the seat.

District police chief ro Keshm, Saifullah, said the candidate was arrested around 2:30 pm local time in Balocha area of Keshm district.

Saifullah said Noor Ahmad was looking to smuggle 294 kg of opium from Faizabad to northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan when he was arrested by police.

Afghanistan has been one of the greatest producers of illicit opium in the entire world with opium production and smuggle have been on the rise since the US-led invasion in 2001 despite billions have been invested by international community in counter-narcotics projects.

The United Nations office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced in November last year that the opium cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record level.

UNODC officials said over 200,000 hectares of land was planted with the poppy for the first time in Afghanistan, which shows an increase of 36 percent as compared to last year.

In the meantime, the Afghan officials are saying that counter-narcotics projects have not been successful despite major investments since influential warlords and political figures are involved behind the production and smuggle of illicit drugs in Afghanistan.

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