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Following Is The Highlights Of President Karzai Speech In World Corruption Day

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Monday, December 12, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Eluders, esteemed audience, guests welcome,
Before talking on the ugly phenomenon of corruption, I want to express my sympathies over the tragic suicide bombing on the Ashura day to the Muslim nation of Afghanistan. 
This incident occurred when our people were marking the holding of the Second Bonn Conference, where over one hundred representatives of world countries had gathered in Bonn of Germany hosted by the German government and they voiced their support to Afghanistan. 
They in one voice declared their support and cooperation towards Afghanistan. 
Unfortunately, in Afghanistan the Ashura day was celebrated and as a result of the terrorist attack round 80 of people was martyred, and who did this and how it happened. 
When I talked about corruption I will return to this issue once again. 
We were witness that the resolutions in our mosques on Friday and at the meeting in Kabul it was declared that our nation is the manifestation of national unity. 
As regards the corruption, Dr. Ludin talked on this comprehensively, I confirm them wholly Unfortunately corruption exists in the country and we have find out factors for this and one of the factors is lack of law execution. 
We were witness to two important issues, the firs was the case in Herat where a criminal was arrested and others were trying to take him out from the attorney office and another similar case happened in Kandahar in which foreigners wee intervening. 
I am sure those who are accused of crimes will be tried. Another factor is lack of ability of the government order for prevention of corruption, presence of similar foundations as the government, existence of the private security companies which are the biggest impediments in the face of law enforcement. 
Afghanistan once was poorer than it is now. The government official obtained lesser than they get now but they were not getting bribes and they were not corrupt. 
After the Bonn conference that was the biggest conference for Afghanistan the BBC and other media are propagating that in case foreigners leave Afghanistan an internal war will erupt in the country. 
Afghanistan has five thousand years of history. All the miseries here have been brought in by the foreigners. They compelled out people to migrate out of the country. Many wars were fought here. As Ludin has stated we paid salary for the passport not for the qualifications. 
Those coming from Iran and Pakistan and knew computer they were paid USD 500 to USD 600. And, those coming from the US and the Europe they got USD 5000 or 6000 and those being inside Afghanistan got Afs 3 to 4 thousand. 
We tried to improve the system and implemented the rank system within the government. 
This is the fact that we can replace anyone whom we do not like. So no has any safety. 
We want that both our people and our international partners should cooperate with us in implementing the law here. 
Forgiveness is the greatest problem. It is not proper that those who having foreign passport can do anything they wish, as they have hideouts outside the country. 
Government has to cooperate with us and extradite Fetrat. It is not good that those who commit sins here leave for London, Paris and head of our central bank is now in the US. 
He is now in the US after problems cropped in the Kabul Bank. Asludin Sahib has said that they take bribe and resort to corruption and build up high buildings. 
I am happy they construct buildings inside Afghanistan but they should not take out the bribe money. 
It is good they build hospital, hotels and other such facilities which will be to the benefit of our people. 
The politicians and elders of Afghanistan we are present here.  Everything is being continued in the name of tribe, party and other or the contracts with the foreigners, those who are supported by the foreigners do what they want here. 
Giving contracts to the high ranking government members all lead to corruption and this further encourage corruption and they will not obey to laws in the country. 
The first thing that we can do is that we should change the system of contracts and we want that foreigners should offer contracts to the government members and the government should also try to prevent this. 
We asked for the list and we are engaged in talks with them. 
These contracts cover millions and billions of US dollars and if these contracts are provided in proper manners and the government obtain its taxes we can gain hundreds of millions of US dollars annually and that will be expended for the interest of the people. 
Afghanistan despite the problems during the past ten years is improving in terms of its management. We reached an agreement that the officers assigned in the defense ministry should serve there for at least three years like in other countries, promoted and his duty be changed and in the same manner we shall do in the police force as well and wish to depoliticize these forces. 
This way we are moving towards institutionalization of government institutions. We admit that the people of Afghanistan are loyal to their homeland; they are united and loyal to their national interests. But we want that the people should feel safe not to be compelled to leave his country and they are not forced to enter into deals and acceptance of bribes and corruption. 
It is then that corruption will be eliminated. We need to improve our educational facilities and provide between groups for education of our children so we come out from dependency. We are happy that all world countries supported Afghanistan in good manners in the Bonn Conference. 
The US, Russians, Indonesians, the Chinese, India, Iran, Britain, France and others supported us as they are unanimous in support to Afghanistan. 
The German government had adopted the best preparations for the Bonn Conference and showed hospitality towards the Afghan delegation our experience indicates that we are moving towards our future in best manners and we are sure that miseries will end up and our people will lead a calm and stable future. 
We shall sign treaties with the world countries and these are to the interest of Afghans. 
Our today’s meeting is indicator of progress in Afghanistan; it indicates that we have got further strength as we are talking about the problems of the country. 
We hope to have the continued cooperation of our partners and we shall succeed. You are most welcome.

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