December4 , 2021

“Just All Lies”: Australian Firm Wrongly Named As Taliban Hashish Partner


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Cpharm Australia is a household enterprise with 17 employees from regional centre of Maitland (Representational)


A small Australian medical consulting agency received caught up in an surprising publicity storm on Thursday after being wrongly named as agreeing with Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban to bankroll a $450 million cannabis processing plant within the Central Asian nation.

A report by Afghanistan’s Pajhwok Afghan News mentioned representatives of Australia-based Cpharm had met with counter-narcotic officers on the Ministry of Interior to debate producing medicines and lotions on the manufacturing facility, providing a authorized use of hashish, which is widespread there.

The report was picked up by a bunch of worldwide shops together with the Times of London, which ran its personal story naming the Australian firm. Verified Twitter accounts linked to the BBC and Middle Eastern information outlet Al Arabybia repeated the declare concerning the Australians.

But Cpharm Australia, a household enterprise with 17 employees from the regional centre of Maitland, has by no means spoken to the Taliban and has no dealings abroad or involving hashish, it informed Reuters.

“We’re just trying to work out what we’re going to do to stop it,” Cpharm Australia’s chief monetary officer, Tony Gabites, mentioned by telephone from the corporate’s headquarters, situated 166 km (100 miles) from Sydney.

“We’ve had probably 40 or 50 calls today. It’s just out of control and it’s just all lies, media guys … not doing any due diligence on what they want to publish,” he mentioned.

Gabites suspected the reviews stemmed from a tweet from a Taliban-linked account which named an organization referred to as Cpharm, referring to a different organisation elsewhere on the planet with an analogous identify.

Cpharm Australia offers medical recommendation about pharmaceutical merchandise and isn’t a producer so wouldn’t tackle a producing contract in any case. It additionally wouldn’t have the ability to elevate $450 million, Gabites added.

The firm could take authorized recourse if it misplaced enterprise as a result of wrongly reported Taliban dealings – a possible violation of sanctions – however didn’t anticipate to be impacted long-term.

“Most of the companies we deal with would look at that article and laugh,” Gabites mentioned.

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