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    Pakistan is almost poppy-free country: PM

    This is excellent news.

    We have provided Afghanistan with $250 million in aid, which hopefully will help that country tackle it's huge poppy problem.

    Pakistan is almost poppy-free country: PM

    Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Wednesday Pakistan was almost poppy-free country and the government was striving to prevent it from becoming a "drug conduit" for the rest of the world. In his brief address to the British MPs and peers at the House of Commons, he said much needed to be done to eradicate poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. "The farmers should be offered alternative crops but this is not an easy problem to tackle. The world has not done enough to stamp out poppy cultivation," he said, adding that its cultivation in Afghanistan had an impact both on Europe and Pakistan. Shaukat said a strong and stable Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan. Pakistan is not an aid-giving country but even then it committed $250 million for the development projects in Afghanistan because its "stability and development was our stability". He said that Islamabad was still housing 3 million Afghan refugees and would like them to go back. He added Pakistanís trade with Afghanistan has increased from $25 million five years ago to $1.5 billion now.

    The prime minister said he had picked up one thing from the House of Commons hence was mulling over the introduction of Prime Ministerís Question hour in the National Assembly as was the practice in the Commons.
    Answering a question on the Kashmir issue, he said, it was raised during President George W Bushís visit to Pakistan as he did take it up with British Prime Minister Tony Bair on Monday. Kashmir, he said, was an issue of the right of the people of Kashmir and their voice should be heard. Pakistan had already made proposals for demilitarisation and self-governance so that some headway could be achieved on the lingering issue. The confidence-building measures could improve the atmospherics but "we must move towards" the conflict resolution, he said. "Kashmir is the cornerstone for sustaining peace in South Asia," said the prime minister. He thanked the British government and the MPs for their support to help the earthquake victims in Azad Kashmir and the NWFP. "Their support helped the country face a major human tragedy. Shaukat said he would soon open a scheme under which the quake victims would be given small loans to enable them begin their businesses. The government was giving $3000 to a quake-victim family to build a house and was concentrating on reviving education and health system in the affected areas.



    http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/mar20...main/main8.htm

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    Re: Pakistan is almost poppy-free country: PM

    Unfortunately, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is on the rise under the new Afghan regime. Taliban were always condemned for allowing poppy growth in their areas. In the end, they did take action against it. But it is strange to see it becoming a problem yet again even under the American occupation of Afghanistan.
    "Ana mazloom hussein"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA1L18wKHzY&feature=related
    http://www.tebyan.net/Religion_Thoughts/Articles/Miscellaneous/2008/1/29/59771.html

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      #3
      Re: Pakistan is almost poppy-free country: PM

      All remaining Afghans should leave Pakistan, and then go take care of their own growing poppy problems.

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