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In photos: Mohmand Agency authorities wipe out poppy crops

By Alamgir Khan

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Prang Ghar tehsildar Jamshid Khan supervises the destruction of poppy bulbs April 21. [Alamgir Khan]

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A poppy field in Mohmand Agency can be seen April 1. [Alamgir Khan]

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Security personnel destroy poppy crops in the remote Yousaf Baba area of Mohmand Agency April 21. [Alamgir Khan]

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Poppy bulbs and flowers can be seen in Mohmand Agency April 1. [Alamgir Khan]

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Mohmand Agency political administration officials inspect opium seized during a poppy destruction operation April 21. [Political Administration Mohmand Agency]

GHALANAI, Mohmand Agency -- Authorities are conducting an operation to destroy poppy crops throughout Mohmand Agency.

The operation began April 2, with the first search-and-destroy phase ending April 8, Mohmand Assistant Political Agent Tauseef Khalid told Pakistan Forward.

The second phase is ongoing and will end in the first week of May, he said. "This phase is mostly based on information -- as we get information about the poppy fields, we go and destroy the crops."

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Security personnel destroy poppy bulbs in Mohmand Agency April 21. [Alamgir Khan]

"Ninety-five percent of the area has already been cleared," he told Pakistan Forward.

Officials have launched an awareness campaign against poppy cultivation, asking farmers to grow other crops, he said.

"We want to end this narcotics trade in our area," Prang Ghar tehsildar Jamshid Khan told Pakistan Forward.

"We can't allow poppy cultivation as an excuse for poverty in the area," he told Pakistan Forward.

Security personnel have cleared about 100 acres of land in different areas of Mohmand Agency of poppy crops, according to a statement from the political administration.

"We are thankful for the political administration for destroying the poppy crops," Maulana Abdul Haq, a Mohmand Agency tribal elder and religious scholar, told Pakistan Forward.

Such poppy crops are prohibited in Islam because they turn into opium and heroin, he said.

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I thinks that is wrong, we should be use right path, like medicines and other benefits things for Pakistan

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