Drug production in Afghanistan up 40% since foreign invasion of country: Official
A top Iranian Judiciary official says the production of narcotics in Afghanistan, Iranâ„¢s eastern neighbor, has risen by 40 percent since foreign forces invaded the country, Press TV reports.
The most important problem the Judiciary is dealing with today is narco-trafficking, Iranian Deputy Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi told reporters.
Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe.
Despite high economic and human costs, Iran has been actively fighting drug trafficking over the past three decades.
Iran has spent more than $700 million to seal the borders and prevent the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab, and Central Asian countries.
The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past 34 years.
The top official also touched upon the Judiciaryâ„¢s plans to deal with the problems it is facing.
Raeisiâ„¢s comments came days before the anniversary of a terrorist attack that killed dozens of Iranian officials.
A powerful bomb went off at the headquarters of Iranâ„¢s Islamic Republic Party in Tehran on June 28, 1981 when a meeting of party leaders was in progress.
Seventy-two high-ranking officials, including Chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, lost their lives in the terror attack. The MKO terrorist group was behind the bombing.
This article originally appeared on: Press TV