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Abdullah directs MoI for crackdown on drug dealers

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Monday urged the ministry of interior to boost up crackdown of drug sellers in the country.

“Considering addicted complaints regarding for the drug sellers, I will instruct interior ministry to foster operations against them throughout the country,” Abdullah said during a visit to an addiction treatment center in Kabul.

He said that ‘to date’, no serious step had been taken against drug business, which had encouraged the drug sellers to distribute narcotics in public without any fear of police.

“The campaign to collect addicts won’t be successful, unless police takes serious measures against the drug dealers,” he added.

Abdullah asked ministry of public health to accelerate collecting of addicts, pledging to help the program.

Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz said: “Since last month, 700 addicts have been collected from parts of Kabul city to the newly treatment center.”

He said that the program would shift 800 more addicts to the center within coming weeks.

“The homeless and sick addicts will be on prior for the campaign,” Feroz promised.

Besides treatment, addicts will be provided with literacy and vocational course in the camp, he noted.

He highlighted that entertainment and sport programs are also available for addicts inside the treatment center.

Minister of Counter Narcotics Salamat Azimi said that a mobilization campaign began to collect the addicts.

She said that work over construction of two treatment complexes was underway in Helmand and Nangarhar provinces.

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