PAKISTAN-CRIME-DRUGSQuetta: Personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) have destroyed poppy crop cultivated over thousands of acres in Murgha Faqirzai area of Qilla Saifullah district. According to official sources, local tribesmen had cultivated the crop over 1,988 acres in the Muslim Bagh sector, along the Afghan border.

Media reports said that about 35 tractors were used for destroying the crop. The FC has the powers to launch an operation to rid the areas of drugs and narcotics.

Murgha Faqirzai is situated near the area in Afghanistan from where about 70 suspected terrorists and drug smugglers tried to force their way into Pakistan after attacking Pakistani security personnel.

The FC troops deployed at the border had foiled the attempt and pushed the terrorists back into Afghan territory.