Tajikistan claims risk of radicalism from Afghanistan increasing

The risk of penetration of radical ideology from Afghanistan into the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is increasing, said Rustam Emomali, chairman of Tajikistan’s upper chamber of parliament.

Addressing the Council of the Parliament Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Almaty, Emomali said that more than 1,000 religious madrassas have been established in Afghanistan, most of which are located in provinces bordering CSTO countries, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

He claimed that these centers also train suicide bombers.

“The continuation of this situation in Afghanistan could have long-term negative consequences for the CSTO region,” Emomali explained.

He also emphasized that the situation in Afghanistan remains difficult and no real progress has been observed. “Afghanistan has once again become a breeding ground for terrorism,” he said.

According to him, dozens of extremist and terrorist groups are strengthening their positions on the territory of Afghanistan, and the level of cultivation and illegal production of Afghan drugs, including synthetic ones, is growing.

The Islamic Emirate has previously denied the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan and stressed that it does not allow the use of Afghanistan’s soil to be used against the security of any other country.

The Islamic Emirate has also said that it has reduced the cultivation and production of drugs to almost zero.