US sees drug nexus between Afghanistan, Persian Gulf states
Islamabad, Nov 28, IRNA -- Alleging that some countries of the Persian
Gulf were laundering drug-related money, a US diplomat based in
Islamabad said: "Apparently, there is a nexus between Afghanistan and
the (Persian) Gulf states."
The Pakistani English language daily, "The Nation" quoted a US
diplomat in the Pakistani capital as telling a group of journalists
that Afghanistan was producing 72 per cent of world's opium.
"It is not possible that the ruling Taliban are not aware of poppy
cultivation and production of opium to the extent of 72 per cent of
the total production in the world," the diplomat, whose name the paper
avoided to mention, said.
"There is a big number of heroin producing laboratories in Helmand,
Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces (of Afghanistan)," he added.
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