Afridi to launch war on poppy cultivation in Tirah Valley

Former skipper makes annoucnement after meeting Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Nazir Butt

News Desk March 22, 2017
Shahid Afridi meets Peshawar Corps Commander Lt General Nazir Butt in Peshawar on Wednesday. PHOTO: SHAHID AFRIDI

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has extended his support in eradicating the scourge of poppy cultivation from Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.

He made the announcement following a meeting with Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Nazir Butt in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa capital on Wednesday.

The Peshawar Zalmi star discussed how drug trade was a menace to residents of the valley in Fata.

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In an audio message, received by The Express Tribune, the cricketer said the Shahid Afridi Foundation would help residents cultivate Saffron instead of poppy, which is used in heroin production.

Residents cultivate poppy to sustain themselves and the plant is a cash crop for farmers.

Afridi's NGO is involved in various healthcare and education initiatives, among others. Earlier this year, it helped in securing the release of 30 Pakistanis imprisoned in Dubai, UAE.


Tariq | 4 years ago | Reply Shahid Afridi, was indeed a great player and contributed a commendable share on the field for 20 years but he is very closely following the footprints of Imran Khan. Imran Khan, a self centred nut headed dictator by nature who has been a thorough failure in ideology as well as administration. Even if Afridi wants to copy Imran Khan, he must first learn from the mistakes of Imran Khan and study the pulse of sub continental politics which is totally based on money, beradari, clan, tribe and thana. The word 'Merit is alien to our society.
Vicky | 4 years ago | Reply Shahid Afridi is doing great work in Charity as well as social work, proud to be a Shahid Afridi fan.
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