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Poppy Cultivation Finds Fertile Ground in Baluchistan

Pakistan’s Baluchistan province is facing a new crisis.  Plagued for years with a separatist insurgency, and a brutal counter-insurgency, rampant kidnappings and home to the Taliban’s Quetta Shura the region is now emerging as a new center for poppy cultivation.   Farmers have turned large areas of the remote province over to opium production and in the process are earning ten times what they did from traditional crops like wheat, barley and vegetables that have been grown in...

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