Published on Nov 28, 2012 by VOAvideo
In addition to economic challenges and insurgent violence, analysts say Pakistan is facing a growing drug problem that is likely to worsen after international troops leave neighboring Afghanistan, the world’s leading opium producer. The opium and derivatives come to Pakistan from neighboring Afghanistan. Sharon Behn reports on the impact that narcotics, which are easily available, are having on Pakistani society.
April 1994 – We travel to the trading town of Mandalay, north on the Burma road to the military stronghold of Lashio, and then on to a remote area in the Golden Triangle. The government hails this region as a success story in its anti-drugs campaign.
This is the home of the Wa tribe, once at war with the Burmese government and still claimed by drug agencies to be the biggest poppy growers in the world. While top army and police officers claim they are halting the heroin trade, critics say corruption is rife – some convoys carrying heroin are comprised of official vehicles.