July 25, 2014

Karzai government accused of Taliban’s return to power

By Meena Haseeb - Fri Jan 18, 6:07 pm

Karzai governmentThe Taliban group regime was toppled down following US-led invasion in 2001 however the group once again increased its activities across the country three years back.

According to Foreign Policy Global, the main motive behind return of Taliban mlitants is the government of Afghanistan under the leadership of president Hamid Karzai.

The report published by Foreign Policy also says that the strangulation and mismanagement and corruption in the government organizations was considerbaly low as compared to the current government of Afghanistan, during the Taliban regime.

The Foreign Policy in its report further added that the situation has not only affected fight aganst the Taliban militants but had negative impacts over security, governance, law regulation and the strategy of the coalition forces in the country.

Afghan government’s formation and an ultimate focused system has furthr boosted graft in the country, the report said adding that the provincial and local officials are elected by the central government in Kabul. The bureucracy is not a bad thing as similar procedures are followed in modern countries as well, according to the Foreing Policy however those countries have good and reliable system to have proper control and monitor on provincial governments.

The procedures according to the Foreign Policy does suit in Afghanistan and US officials have repeatedly called on the Afghan govenment to bring changes in its administration and fight against the growing corruption. Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Carl Eickenberry also urged president Karzai to seriously fight graft in Afghan government institutions.

The Foreign Policy in its report also said that president Hamid Karzai divided corruption in Afghanistan in two main categories back in December during the international anti-corruption day. He acknowledged graft in Afghan government however he said that major corruption was involved in foreign contracts which are signed with the relatives of high level Afghan government officials.

In the meantime chief of the Special Inspector General For Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) last week said that millions of Dollars were lost in Afghanistan and warned that further miuse was threatening the foreign in Afghanistan.

According to reports US has spent over 90 billion Dollars for the reconstruction of Afghanistan since 2009, which is considered to be largest foreign aid by Washington since the second world war.

Meanwhile SIGAR chief quoted by Washington Post said Washington detonated around $6.8 million to Afghan government for the maintenance and repair of 7000 vehicles of the Afghan national army which are either damaged or they are not in use any more.

The Special Inspector General For Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) following another report last year warned that the government of Afghanistan lacks capabilities to properly maintain military equipments beyond 2014.

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