Taliban meet French envoy to Afghanistan, discuss poppy cultivation prevention decree
Update: April 19, 2022 05:14 STI
Kabul [Afghanistan]April 19 (ANI): Taliban member Suhail Shaheen met with French envoy to Afghanistan Jean Marin Schuh and discussed several issues, including the recent decree on the prevention of poppy cultivation and substitutes in Afghanistan.
“Today in Doha, I met Mr. Jean Marin Schuh, French envoy to Afghanistan currently based in Doha. projects for farmers and bilateral relations,” Suhail Shaheen said in a Tweet on Monday.
He further said that Suhail Shaheen and Jean Marin Schuh expressed to remain engaged and continue communication.
On April 3, the Taliban announced a ban on poppy cultivation.
According to Tolo News, Taliban Supreme Leader Hebatullah Akhundzada said in an executive order that the cultivation of poppy seeds as well as drug trafficking were banned in the country.
The decree, read out by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, said there is a “strict prohibition” on the use and trafficking of “all types of illicit drugs” such as alcoholic beverages, heroin , “tablet K”, hashish and others, Tolo reported. News.
The decree also prohibits the production of illicit drugs.
“If anyone violates the decree and cultivates poppy, his crop will be destroyed and the offender will be punished on the basis of Sharia,” the decree reads.
“The application of this decree is mandatory. Offenders will be prosecuted and punished by the courts”, indicates the decree.
However, several reports indicate that poppy cultivation and drug trafficking constitute an important source of income for the Taliban, mainly in the south and north of the country. Most drug trafficking goes through Iran and the Taliban make a lot of money from it.
Afghanistan is one of the top illicit drug producing countries in the world. There are dozens of drug addicts currently on the streets.
Due to the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the country is not only facing a political crisis, but also business uncertainty and unemployment.
In addition, young girls and women in Afghanistan are deprived of their basic right to go to school and go to work. The Taliban had previously issued an edict banning female students in grade 6 and above from attending classes in schools. (ANI)