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Destined to India, 27 held with drugs in Herat

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HERAT CITY: Twenty-seven people have been arrested over allegedly attempting to smuggle heroin to India at the international airport in western Herat province, an official said. Mohammad Nasi rNeknam, border police commander at the airport, told at a press conference in Herat City, the detainees were captured in seven separate incidents, trying to smuggle heroin to India. He said the ... Read More »

Opium smuggling into Punjab still soaring as Afghan poppy growth spikes

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CHANDIGARH: There is expected to be no let-up in smuggling of opium into Punjab despite a crackdown on smugglers and peddlers by the Special Task Force (STF) and Punjab Police, following a huge rise in opium production in Afghanistan, which reached 9,000 metric tonnes last year. “As India falls on the southern route (the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean space, ... Read More »

5000 Afghan Birds Smuggled in a Year

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Smugglers have stolen nearly 5000 birds out of Afghanistan in the past 12 months, taking them to various countries particularly the Gulf nations, Afghanistan Environment Protection Agency (AEPA) said. AEPA head Mustafa Zahir said that geese and falcons are the most popular birds for smugglers, mostly taken from the northern provinces. “Unfortunately bird smuggling is continuing in the country, especially ... Read More »

Instability, drought may affect Afghan economic growth in 2018: ADB

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s economy in 2018 is now projected to grow slower than the previous forecast due to the challenging security and political situations in the country and the impact of severe drought in the first half of the year, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. In an update of its flagship annual economic publication, Asian Development Outlook (ADO) ... Read More »

Investors ‘Leaving Country’ As Insecurity Increases

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Officials from Afghan Traders Council in Dubai on Sunday said that a big number of Afghan and foreign investors have transferred their capitals from Afghanistan to Turkey and United Arab Emirates over the past year due to an increase in insecurity. They urged government to maintain security of investors in the country. “Security is the only demand of investors from ... Read More »

Tajik Jets Bomb Drug Smugglers in Afghanistan

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Afghan officials say airplanes from neighboring Tajikistan bombed and killed six drug traffickers on the Afghan side of the border, after a clash killed two Tajik border guards. Officials from Takhar province in northern Afghanistan said smugglers, along with the Taliban, are active in a small forest near a river in Darqad district on the border of the two countries. ... Read More »

Man arrested for smuggling US currency from Afghanistan to Iran

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A man has been arrested for smuggling 38,000 U.S. dollars from Afghanistan to Iran, an Afghan official said Tuesday. The cash was being carried to the neighboring country in cement truck, said Jelani Farhad, a spokesman forthe border province of Herat. The discovery was made at the border, he said. A total of 50 people have been arrested for smuggling ... Read More »

Trump’s Iran Sanctions Trigger a Booming Cash Smuggling Business

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For traders in Afghanistan’s main currency exchange, U.S. sanctions against Tehran have created the ultimate arbitrage play — one that involves frequent trips to neighboring Iran with smuggled cash. At the bustling, three-story Sarai Shahzada market in Kabul, one trader sitting in a booth piled high with grimy banknotes explained how he and others use taxis to bring suitcases full ... Read More »

5000 Afghan Birds Smuggled in a Year

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Smugglers have stolen nearly 5000 birds out of Afghanistan in the past 12 months, taking them to various countries particularly the Gulf nations, Afghanistan Environment Protection Agency (AEPA) said. AEPA head Mustafa Zahir said that geese and falcons are the most popular birds for smugglers, mostly taken from the northern provinces. “Unfortunately bird smuggling is continuing in the country, especially ... Read More »

Pravda: C.I.A. Increases Drug Smuggling in Afghanistan To Fund Proxies All Over the World

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One million women and 100,000 Children Drug Addicts in Afghanistan. “Thanks to the U.S. invasion, Afghanistan is a narco-state today,” says the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan’s representative. At least one million women and 100,000 children are drug addicts in Afghanistan, said on Sunday (March 11) the head of the anti-drug department at the public health ministry of ... Read More »

Corrupt Combatants Fight for Control of Lucrative Afghan Drug Trade

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LASHKAR GAH: Afghans have an expression: “Well, whatever has happened, we are still skinny.” In other words, they have not gotten rich yet, try as they might. It is an expression heard often here in Helmand Province, the southwestern region that is the world capital of opium and heroin production. Afghanistan accounts for 90 percent of the world’s heroin; more ... Read More »

Afghanistan Wants Kabul-Tehran Trade Deals Exempted From US Sanctions

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Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has pleaded the US to exempt Kabul-Tehran trade deals from sanctions on Iran as the country heavily relies on the Iranian port of Chabahar to improve its economy. US President Donald Trump warned today that any country doing business with Iran will not trade with the US as the first set of US sanctions ... Read More »

Afghan man held for smuggling gold at Delhi airport

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An Afghan man has been arrested by customs officials at Delhi airport for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold worth about Rs 22 lakh. The accused, aged 26, was intercepted on his arrival from Kandahar (Afghanistan), according to a statement issued by the customs today. A detailed personal search of the passenger resulted in recovery of three gold ... Read More »

IS Smuggling Wood to Finance Militancy in Afghanistan

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Islamic State is chopping down fruit trees and smuggling the timber into Pakistan, claim Afghan officials and local residents of the Deh Bala district of eastern Nangarhar province where the terrorist group operates. “Some of the local residents who previously helped the Taliban [are] now helping IS militants, Gul Khan Shinwari, a local tribal leader told VOA. “IS militants also ... Read More »

Destined to India, 27 held with drugs in Herat

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HERAT CITY: Twenty-seven people have been arrested over allegedly attempting to smuggle heroin to India at the international airport in western Herat province, an official said. Mohammad Nasi rNeknam, border police commander at the airport, told at a press conference in Herat City, the detainees were captured in seven separate incidents, trying to smuggle heroin to India. He said the ... Read More »

Jawzjan police seize 88kg of opium from vehicle

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SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Police recovered 88 kilograms of opium from two men now in custody in this capital city of northern Jawzjan province on Saturday, an official said Jawzjan police chief Brig. Gen Faqir Mohammad told Pajhwok Afghan News the detainees had skillfully placed the opium in a vehicle and wanted to smuggle the substance from Chahar Bolak district to the ... Read More »

Woman among 28 held on drug smuggling charges

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KABUL (Pajhwok): Police have detanied 28 people, including a woman, over allegedly smuggling narcotics, an official said on Tuesday. Ahmad Khalid Muahid, crime justice task force (CJTF) department’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the suspected drug smugglers had been detained in Logar, Khost, Daikundi, Takhar, Kandahar, Paktia, Nimroz, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kabul, Jawzjan, Herat, Ghazni, Balkh, and Baghlan provinces in the ... Read More »

Black scorpion smuggling in Afghanistan is big business

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KABUL: The trade of scorpion hunting in Afghanistan, though unregistered, has been around for years but has become a lucrative business in the past few months. A local dealer from western Herat province said Herat and neighboring Farah, with vast scorching deserts, have become the common hunting ground for shepherds and poor local residents who spend hours and sometimes days ... Read More »

Jawzjan police seize 88kg of opium from vehicle

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SHIBERGHAN: Police recovered 88 kilograms of opium from two men now in custody in this capital city of northern Jawzjan province on Saturday, an official said Jawzjan police chief Brig. Gen Faqir Mohammad told Pajhwok Afghan News the detainees had skillfully placed the opium in a vehicle and wanted to smuggle the substance from Chahar Bolak district to the provincial ... Read More »

Regional cooperation can leverage Afghanistan’s development and stability

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The dynamics of regional cooperation has a wider role to play for peace, development and cooperation in the world especially in the context of South Asia. Intra-regional cooperation creates catalytic impact in addressing the recent challenges of poverty, development and terrorism. Regional cooperation involves policy coordination through formal institutions for the welfare and to achieve collective vision for the development ... Read More »