Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Struggle against all kinds of corruptions in Afghanistan requires the awareness, perseverance, and decisiveness of all relevant state organs and entire people and this heinous phenomenon will not eradicate until every individual without exception says no to it.
The BNA social analyst who deeply traces such issues writes; recently there have been outcries in inside and outside the country over widespread corruption in Afghanistan. There is no doubt that Afghan community is seriously suffering from this evil phenomenon. If the problem not assessed deeply and properly and a practical plan for its eradication not drawn, it will become a grave challenge that threatens the entire Afghan community and stands as a barrier on the way of progress and development of the country.
This is our social, cultural, and religious obligation to fight corruption seriously and honestly. However, so far unfortunately, contrary to our obligations mentioned above, we have done little to end this shameful phenomenon. In spite of that, our cultural traditions and religious principle warn the people against committing such a grave sin, but there are still people whom in one way or support bribery and corruptions for their own benefits, but in fact harm the economy and security of their country.
To fight successfully corruption, it requires mobilizing people as their religious duties, actively taking part in eradication of this notorious phenomenon. The media and Imams of the mosques can play a great role in this end. The authorities should be serious against corrupted people, bring them in to the court, and punish them according to the law without any exception. The culture of immunity should remove forever in struggle against corruption.
Unfortunately the Afghan people have experienced various kinds of corruption in the past, but it was in a rate that is today. The presence of foreigners in the country caused the problem to further increase in the society. It is widely believe that certain foreign circles and organs have played a significant role in growth of the corruption.
Big corruptions have seen mostly in big contracts. The winners of the contracts were people who had chosen according to intelligence and political reasons. In this way, there were certain foreign circles that consciously and deliberately further widespread corruption in Afghanistan.
It should acknowledge that today corruption exists in Afghanistan and the people are suffering of it. Administrative corruption, narcotic drugs, and violation of human especially women’s rights are attribute to Afghanistan and are the main topics of foreign media and severely criticize our country. Even the donor countries depends their aids to the eradication of corruption in the country. While as it mentioned earlier, they have a significant role in dissemination of this notorious phenomenon.
It is widely believed that we cannot solve this acute problem just through complains and criticism, it needs to be fight seriously and honestly.
At the first step, it is to our people to secure their working circumstance and community from all kinds of corruptions and the state authorities to deal seriously with corrupted people, identify, and bring them in the justice. The international community should also try to identity the corrupted people and introduce them to the court for trial. Finally, with establishing precise monitoring mechanisms manages the affairs and leave no space for corrupted people. Certainly, in this way the community will rid of corruption forever.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai participated in the memorial ceremony of Nelson Mandela former president and the great anti-apartheid campaigner at the Johannesburg City of South Africa.
The ceremony was organized at the great Stadium of Johannesburg City where Nelson Mandela for the last time appeared at the World Cup Football Tournament in 2010.
In addition to President Karzai, the ceremony was also attended by heads of states and governments of over 91 countries and a great number of South Africans.
US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban-ki-Moon, Partab Mukerjee Indian President, deputy president of China and other speakers representing different faiths and religions spoke about Mande’s personality, his services and his struggles against racial discrimination and for ensuring of equality and justice and preservation of human values they praised his untiring efforts towards ensuring of peace and democracy in South Africa.
During the ceremony poems and mourning pieces were also read out.
President Hamid Karzai is accompanied at this trip by Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, National Security Advisor, Zarar Ahmad Usmani acting foreign minister and Emal Faizi spokesperson of the presidential office.
It should be mentioned that Nilson Mandela died of his lungs problems on the 14th of Qaus (5 December) in his residence in Johannesburg and it is expected that his burial ceremony will take place on the 24th of Qaus (15 December) at his ancestral cemetery in Johannesburg.
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Joint security committee of Afghanistan and Iran was held yesterday with participation of deputy ministers of security for interior of the two countries.
In the session, which was held with participation of Afghanistan deputy minister of security for interior affairs General Mohammad Ayoub Salangi and Iranian deputy minister of interior Ali Abdul Hai, strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries’ border police in particular extending border cooperation between the two countries’ border forces were discussed.
Afghanistan deputy minister of security for interior affairs said in the session, the country’s ministry of interior had asked for improvement of Afghan refugees’ living condition in Iran and having access to learning and health services in the country, stressing on more facilities in issuing visa for Afghan refugees in Iranian embassy to Kabul.
General Salangi also stressed on exchanging experiences between police of the two countries and avoiding moves causing border tensions between the two countries.
At the end of the session, Afghanistan and Iranian deputy ministers in security affairs for interior visited Afghanistan border police headquarter.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The women constitute half of the human community. The history proves that women contribution in a society has led a nation towards social prosperity and economic opulence. It’s a matter of happiness that the people of Afghanistan after suffering three consecutive decades of war and violence is now preparing to hold the 2014 presidential and provincial councils elections in order to institutionalize sustainable democracy, rule of law, national unification and most importantly to lay down the foundation of peaceful transition of political power. For this purpose we have to work as unite nation and ensure larger women participation in the next spring elections so that credibility and legitimacy of the presidential election is maintained. In the meantime, the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has expressed concerns that some particular factors that include so-called traditional values, insecurity and family issues could prevent majority of the women to cast ballots in the upcoming elections.
“The women should largely participate in the upcoming elections and abide by their national and humanitarian obligations before their country and the next generation, the (IEC) is determined to provide all available sources to women to commute to the polling booths and vote, said Noor Mohammad Noor, spokesman to Afghanistan Independent Election Commission.” The women rights advocates and the civil society institutions have expressed that hope that the government of Afghanistan by realizing the social values of the Afghan people and their traditions pave appropriate ground to the women to support them in casting their votes in the elections. “The upcoming elections have major significance to the Afghan people particularly to Afghan women, we witnessed some developments in women life during the last twelve years, but these achievements are vulnerable, if the upcoming government doesn’t focus on it, the women would move to isolation, said civil society advocate Hamida Wardak.”
“Only in some part of Afghanistan women have access to their rights, but in most provinces the women have no access to their fundamental rights.
In remote regions women are still kept behind the wall like prisoners and so-called traditional values are the main reason of it, Ms. Wardak
Added, “Additionally, officials and Pilgrimage have said that some called traditional values which dominate in some regions of the country are against the teachings of Islam and they have no legal background according to Islamic perspective.
The ministry urges that the religious scholars maintain responsibility to aware the people about the humanitarian rights of the women.
“The Afghan women are willing to cast votes in the elections and contribute in the political arena of the country, but the enemies of Afghanistan and the human are striving to make plots against the women and prevent them from casting ballots in the elections, they can’t tolerate social growth of women, said local resident Malalai.”
“The Afghan people have got experience to cast to cast their votes accurately in favor of their desired candidate, because now they have received sufficient knowledge about the political process and politicians of the country to consider impacts of their votes on future of the country, another resident Dr. Nadira stated.”
2014 presidential and provincial council’s elections are considered important to Afghanistan’s political stability and democracy.
Now the world community is realizing the current threats faced by the country from extremism should provide assistance to Afghanistan to hold the elections in acceptable manner.
Nor the Afghan people and neither the world community bears to see Afghanistan becoming safe havens for terrorists and their collaborators.
Terrorism threatens global peace and security and the west should realize this fact and should stay alongside Afghanistan in the longstanding period.