Tuesday, March 29, 2005


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How are Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal faring in countering the drug menace?

All these countries are threatened in different ways. Pakistan is a neighbour of Afghanistan and an unquantified but presumed large amount of Afghan opium and heroin enters the country both for consumption there and onward trafficking. Also, as was reported recently, we are now starting to see an increase in opium production in the country's North West Frontier Province. In Bangladesh, smuggling, diversion and abuse of pharmaceuticals originating elsewhere in South Asia is considered to be the single largest drug problem. Because Nepal shares porous borders with India, the resulting free flow of goods and people is used to conceal trafficking in both drugs and human beings........More