QUETTA: Paramilitary troops of the Frontier Corps (FC) and personnel of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) launched an operation in Duki area of Loralai district on Wednesday and destroyed poppy crop cultivated on hundreds of acres.

The personnel entered the poppy growing land after cordoning off the entire area.

Some 400 people took part in the operation, including 150 FC and ANF personnel.

The landowners did not offer any resistance.

“We have destroyed poppy crop cultivated on 240 acres of land on the outskirts of Duki town,” a senior FC official told Dawn, adding that 250 labourers helped in destroying the crop with tractors and bulldozers.

Official sources said that the operation was launched after receiving information about the cultivation of the illegal crop.

The FC and ANF had previously destroyed poppy crop in various areas of Loralai district and people now were cultivating it on land surrounded by boundary walls.

“We will not allow anyone to cultivate this crop,” ANF officials said.

Cases will be registered against the landowners involved in growing poppy.

Published in Dawn, April 2nd, 2015

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