ISLAMABAD: Over the past three decades, Pakistan has reduced poppy cultivation by 87 percent with the partnership of the United States.
In a bid to continue to combat poppy growth, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) received a contribution of seven new Toyota Hilux pickup trucks from the United States. The KP government will use the vehicles to implement crop control and related development projects in the districts of Bajaur, Mohmand, and Khyber.
Deputy Chief of Mission John Hoover, speaking on the occasion, held: “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the KP government and former FATA Secretariat, which has resulted in a significant decrease in poppy cultivation, ultimately benefitting the people of KP and the rest of Pakistan.”
This is part of an overall 589 million rupees ($5.1 million) donation to the provincial government to combat poppy cultivation in the merged areas. Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Narcotics Control Sabino Sikandar Jalal and KP’s Director General Projects, Merged Area Secretariat Khalid Ilyas participated in the event. The assistance underscores the American government’s long history of partnership with Pakistan in its mission to combat poppy growth.
PS: Over the past 37 years, the United States has invested $60 million in Pakistani efforts to support rural communities in developing economic alternatives to narcotics production; expand legal employment opportunities, especially for women; provide training in sustainable farming techniques; construct roads that extend the writ of the government and provide farm-to-market access; and construct small water supply projects that increase the viability of growing alternative crops.
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), which provided the crop control assistance, works in more than 90 countries to help combat crime and corruption, counter the narcotics trade, improve police institutions, and promote court systems that are fair and accountable.
Quetta, militants carry out fatal blast at Rehmania Mosque
QUETTA: Rehmania Mosque here in the Pashtoonabad area has been bombed by militants today during Juma prayers. As a result, the Imam and one namazi died while fifteen others got injured.
The wounded, four critically, are presently being treated at Civil Hospital, while LEAs, who have cordoned off the area, are investigating to figure out the nature of the blast.
Sources privy to NPTV have informed that the blast was caused by detonating 2.5kgs of explosives hidden in the Mehrab of the mosque. No militant outfit has claimed the responsibility yet.
Opioid Crisis: JPMorgan cuts ties with Purdue Pharma
NEW YORK: JPMorgan Chase cut ties with American pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma over its alleged involvement in the US opioid addiction epidemic, a source close to the matter said Thursday.
JPMorgan informed the drug manufacturer it would need to find a new bank to carry out JPMorgan’s current responsibilities, which include cash flow management and invoices.
The decision was made in order to prevent any damage to JPMorgan’s reputation over to its involvement with Purdue, the source added.
Purdue became a dominant force in the pharmaceutical industry largely due to the blockbuster painkiller OxyContin.
There are hundreds of lawsuits in various states against both Purdue and its owner the Sackler family, who are accused of pushing for the prescription of OxyContin despite knowing how addictive it is.
One killed as groups clash in Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI: A person was killed and two others injured in the exchange of firing between two groups in the jurisdiction of Police Station (PS) Waris Khan here Thursday.
According to police, the two groups clashed in the area of Chttian Hattain. Members of Arshad alias Fouji group opened indiscriminate firing killing Zaheer alias Kalu and injuring Faisal and Waheed.
The injured were shifted to Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH). A police official confirmed that Arshad alias Fauji was also wanted by the police.