UK rapped for Afghanistan drugs policy

A senior Iranian lawmaker has slammed Britain for letting drugs production rise four-fold in Afghanistan compared to the figures under Taliban in Iranâ„¢s eastern neighbor.

Head of the Iranian Parliamentâ„¢s National Security Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said production of narcotics has surpassed 8,000 tons since Britain took over the responsibility of fighting poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.

Boroujerdi added the figure was between 200 to 2,000 tons under Taliban and called on the international community to cooperate with Iran in its fight against narcotics.

Iran has some 900 kilometers of land border with Afghanistan and has borne the brunt of drugs smuggling from the worldâ„¢s biggest opium producer.

Boroujerdi said Iran has lost more than 3,700 police lives to the fight against drugs trafficking over the past three decades.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report back in April that Afghan poppy cultivation is set to register a new record this year.

The Asian country produced 75 percent of the global poppy crop in 2012 with the figure expected to take a 15 percent leap this year.

Å“We can’t deny the fact that the level of cultivation now is much higher than it has ever been under the Taliban,” Martin Raithelhuber of UNODC said at the time.

British forces are in charge of security in the Afghan province of Helmand, which is considered the heart of Afghanistanâ„¢s poppy cultivation.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV