Pakistan: Pakistan army burn $1.8 million worth of hard drugs, blame the Taliban

The Pakistani Army burned narcotics and alcohol worth over $1.8 million (€1.68 million) in the Shahkas fort, Jamrud on Thursday. The haul is reported to have included 72,716 kilogrammes of hashish; 117 kilogrammes of heroin; 389 kilogrammes of opium and up to 950 bottles of liquor including Russian Vodka. Military sources claim the stash was discovered during a raid on Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban) units. The Pakistan Taliban is active in the country's ungoverned 2,500 kilometres (1,553 miles) border with Afghanistan. Opium poppy cultivation is based mainly in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It is estimated that in Pakistan alone an annual crop of around 4 metric tons of heroin is produced, generating an estimated $4 billion (€ 3.74 billion) worth of revenue. The government blame the Pakistan Taliban for using the drugs trade to fund its activities, although high-profile cases of the group destroying poppy fields have been recorded.

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