Former Afghan Counter-Narcotics Official Continues Norrköping Area Lectures

Norrköping , March 26th, 2011 — Zulmay Afzali, the former Chief of Staff and Spokesperson for the Counter-Narcotics Ministry of Afghanistan, and now a resident of Söderköping, has begun a lecture tour in the Norrköping area regarding European narcotics policy and the link between narco-trafficing and terrorism.

He recently lectured at Mikael Elias teoretiska gymnasium and Plusgymnasiet  vocational programmes in Norrköping, and is slated to speak again at Mikael Elias teoretiska  gymnasium on March 29.

He was also interviewed three times in March by Iranian satellite TV — Sat ASO. The first interview was about the current situation in Afghanistan, the 2nd was whether Afghans are ready for democracy, and the third was about the recent killing of 16 people.

Eductus’ Gisela Lönn, based in Norrköping, is looking to book Afzali into university lectures in the near future.

Among Afzali ‘s themes are the link between narco-trafficing money and terrorism; the lack of rule-of-law, security, and economic opportunities in Afghanistan that makes it the producer of 93 percent of the world’s heroine; and Europe’s complicity in illegally supplying the chemical precursors needed to covert raw poppy into heroine and other drugs.

Afzali engages his audience with a few basic questions, including whether they hear counter-narcotics issues on the agenda of regional and parliamentary officials and candidates, and more personally, if they had a friend using drugs, would they speak to that friend and what would they say. A common response is that Swedes have a sense of privacy that makes it uncomfortable to talk about drug abuse, even if friends are killing themselves with drugs.

Afzali relocated to Sweden, and sought asylum here, after his anti-narcotics activities resulted in powerful officials being put in prison. He was the subject of many death threats and was told by security officials that a contract had been issued for his murder.

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