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Taliban and ISIS smuggling talc worth millions of Dollars to Pakistan

By Khaama Press - Wed May 23 2018, 9:20 pm

The Global Witness organization has reported that both Taliban and Islamic State loyalists are smuggling talc minerals worth millions of Dollar to Pakistan.

“Through interviews with informed sources and analysis of satellite imagery we have exposed how talc mining has become a key strategic priority for the Islamic State in Afghanistan (IS-KP),” the organization said in a statement.

According to Global Witness, one IS-KP commander has told the organization that ‘At any price we will take the mines’.

Access to talc mines is also a current source of conflict between the IS-KP and the Taliban – already estimated to be making around $300 million a year from Afghanistan’s mineral wealth – in the mineral-rich Nangarhar province, according to a report by Global Witness.

The organization says Access to talc mines is also a current source of conflict between the IS-KP and the Taliban – already estimated to be making around $300 million a year from Afghanistan’s mineral wealth – in the mineral-rich Nangarhar province.

In an inforgraphic released by Global Witness, around 561,286 tos of talc from Afghanistan are exported to Pakistan.

The source further adds that almost 80 percent of talc export from Pakistan are to the uS and the European Union countries whereas Pakistan produces only 125,330 tos of talc each year.

Talc is a common ingredient in a vast number of everyday products; from cosmetics to paints, and plastics to baby powder. The lifestyle and habits of Western consumers is driving the demand for talc production – and the biggest single market is the United States.

“Our research shows that talc mined in Afghanistan is transported across the border into neighbouring Pakistan where it is mixed with Pakistani mined talc before export. Some 40% of talc exported from Pakistan goes to the US; with the EU as another large market,” the Global Witness says.

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