The Taliban on Sunday (April 3) announced a ban on cultivating poppy flowers, which are used to make heroine. The order also forbids the production, use and transit of other narcotics.
“As per the decree of the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, all Afghans are informed that from now on, cultivation of poppy has been strictly prohibited across the country,” the Taliban’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada reportedly said at a news conference.
Akhundzada’s order warned that “if anyone violates the decree, the crop will be destroyed immediately and the violator will be treated according to the Sharia law.”
Afghanistan had about 100 tons of opium produced every year in the 1970s. By 1989-1990, at the end of that 10-year CIA operation, that minimal amount of opium–100 tons per annum–had turned into a major amount, 2,000 tons a year, and was already about 75% of the world’s illicit opium trade…. read more