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All out support essential to make anti-corruption drive success

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Administrative corruption in Afghanistan makes the national and international headlines frequently and the forms of corruption include nepotism, bribery, embezzlement, graft and illegal land ownership.
Meanwhile, systematic corruption at border crossings hampers development of the legal market economy. Except for few, public and private sectors are involved in corruption in one way or another. The magnitude of the corruption differs on the basis of one’s position. Those who hold higher positions with higher authority are involved in more corruption, mostly with impunity.
Addressing an annual anti-corruption conference at the Presidential Palace on Sunday, President Ghani said that 124 lawyers have been killed while trying to implement justice in the country, and that “judicial organizations made huge sacrifices in order to fight against corruption.
“I hope that very soon the corruption cases of nearly 70 high ranking government officials that are in progress will be finalized so that justice will be implemented,” the president said, adding corruption was against Islamic values, the constitution and the culture of Afghanhood.
According to president’s estimation, the government is losing half of its legal income due to illegal meddling. As per the president’s remarks, the taxes and other income sources must be impartial and professional and should not be political.
Meanwhile, an Asia Foundation annual said released recently reported that overall 81.5% of respondents in 2019 say corruption is a major problem in Afghanistan as a whole, consistent with last year.
The anti-corruption campaign seems to be seasonal rather than being in an organized way and therefore the efforts made in the past years did not bear the desired result. The unmitigated insurgency and involvement of Mafia members in the issue are the biggest obstacle before fighting corruption.
Due to the insurgency, local courts are not able to function properly. The Taliban and other militants have widely been involved in corruption and playing key role in support of cultivating of poppy and smuggling drug in rural areas.
As the government is constitutionally obliged to “maintain public law and order and eliminate every kind of administrative corruption”, therefore has been sparing no efforts to fight against corruption on the basis of law and far from political or ethnic tendency and implement the law on all – be it grassroots or officials – equally. 
The government has taken many steps and established particular justice and judicial center to fight corruption. But only one institution is not able to tackle the deep-rooted corruption. To eradicate this problem, all the government institutions will have to work in line with one another.
If all the three powers, i.e. the legislative, executive and judicial powers, move parallel with one another in a genuine way, the bulk of the challenges will be resolved in the country. But if a single of them remains behind, the problems will continue unabated. Hence, the government institutions, people and civil organizations have to start fighting corruption from within and bring the high-ranking corrupt figures into justice. All out support of the institutions are crucial to make the anti-corruption drive become success.

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