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The Taliban in Pakistan

August 4, 2012

We went to Pakistan to invesitage why suicide bombings, IED use, and the Taliban are all growing at alarming rates.

In a recent trip to Pakistan to report on the recent spike in the region’s violence and bloodshed, Suroosh Alvi heard over and over the same sentiment from people on the ground: America’s war on terror is falling flat on its face. The military conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan, repeatedly cited by locals, sends a constant flood of guns, refugees, militants, and heroin flowing into Pakistan. Heroin is now actually cheaper than hashish in cities like Lahore, and the Kalashnikov culture, the foundation of which was laid 30 years ago when the CIA financed the mujahideen, is all-consuming. According to the Pakistanis he spoke to, it’s all taken a devastating toll on the country and is creating the next generation of militants.

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*Afghanistan Drug production seriously threatens Pakistan

Islamabad—Despite the fact that Pakistan has become a poppy free country, the nation is facing risk of increased drug use due to heavy transit of drugs from neighbouring Afghanistan into Pakistan and abroad. This concern was raised by UN representative of and Pakistan Anti Narcotics officials at the launch of the 2012 World Drug Report United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) here in Islamabad.

According to the report the overall use of illicit drugs seems to have stabilized but was on the rise in several developing countries, especially those along trafficking routes. “Pakistan continues to be victim of drug use primarily due to trafficking from Afghanistan although the country does not produce any significant amount of drugs” informed Jeremy Douglas, UNODC representative while talking to Pakistan Observer. Border provinces and entry and exit points in Pakistan are most vulnerable, he added. According to the value of drugs which enters into Pakistan from Afghanistan is roughly estimated worth of between $ 27 to 30 billion annually.

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