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Afghanistan turmoil

India faces double drugs threat from Afghanistan, Myanmar

Officials worry narcotics will pour in amid political, economic crises

An Afghan man tends to a poppy field in 2014. Political upheaval in Afghanistan and Myanmar last year is threatening neighboring India with a wave of illicit narcotics.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- India is bracing for a surge in drug trafficking from both Afghanistan and Myanmar as political and economic crises in those countries stoke ideal conditions for smugglers, a top anti-narcotics official told Nikkei Asia.

S.N. Pradhan, director general of India's Narcotics Control Bureau, said the government is "very, very concerned" the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will drive up trade in illicit drugs.

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