Ministry of Counter Narcotics (Afghanistan)
|Pashto: د مخدره موادو پر ضد وزارت
Persian: وزارت مبارزه عليه مواد مخدر
|Jurisdiction||Government of Afghanistan|
The Ministry of Counter Narcotics (Pashto: د مخدره موادو پر ضد وزارت / Persian: وزارت مبارزه عليه مواد مخدر) is a ministry within the government of Afghanistan. It is currently headed by Salamat Azimi. Her predecessor was Mobarez Rashidi.
The ministry leads the coordination, policy making, monitoring and evaluation of all counter-narcotics activities and efforts. All activities are carried out in view of the Constitution of Afghanistan, the Afghan Drug Law and Afghanistan's National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS).
The role of Minister of Counter Narcotics has been described as the world's toughest job.
Opium production in Afghanistan exceeds by far the opium produced in the rest of the world. The ministry has the lead on co-ordinating and evaluating the Afghan Drug Law and the NDCS.
The ministry has eight pillars of activity:
- institution building
- law enforcement
- international and regional cooperation
- public awareness
- alternative livelihoods
- criminal justice
- demand reduction
There are four published priorities for activity:
- Disrupting the drugs trade by targeting traffickers and their backers and eliminating the basis for the trade.
- Strengthening and diversifying legal rural livelihoods.
- Reducing the demand for illicit drugs and treatment of problem drug users.
- Strengthening state institutions both at the centre and in the provinces The Government intends to spend the preponderance of its resources and energy on these four priority areas.
- Zabriskie, Phil (30 September 2009). "Afghanistan's drug czar - world's toughest job". CNN.
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