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Crime in Pakistan

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Crime in Pakistan is present in various forms. Organised crime includes drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, black marketeering, political violence, terrorism, abduction etc.

Pakistan falls under the Golden Crescent,[1] which is one of the two major illicit opium producing centres in Asia.[2] Opium poppy cultivation in Pakistan is estimated to be 800 hectares in 2005 yielding a potential production of 4 metric tons of heroin.[3] Opium is cultivated primarily in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Pakistan-Afghanistan border.[1] Until the late 1970s, opium production levels were relatively static; it increased after 1979.[1]

An estimated $4 billion is generated from drug trafficking in Pakistan.[4] Petty crime like theft is common.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Veena Kukreja (2003). Contemporary Pakistan: Political Processes, Conflicts, and Crises. SAGE. p. 193. ISBN 0-7619-9683-4.
  2. ^ P. J. Alexander (2002). Policing India in the New Millennium. Allied Publishers. p. 658. ISBN 81-7764-207-3.
  3. ^ "CIA World Factbook - Pakistan". CIA World Factbook.
  4. ^ "Illegal drug trade in Pakistan-Havocscope Black Markets".
  5. ^ Consular Information Sheet: Pakistan Bureau of Consular Affairs
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