Taliban still handling prosecutions in parts of Afghanistan
By Sayed Jawad - Tue Feb 12 2013, 9:43 pm
According to Afghan attorney general officials, local residents in remote districts and villages of the country are still applying to Taliban militants in order to resolve their legal issues due to lack of access to governmental judiciary institutions.
This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karzai following a decree to anti-corruption department around seven months back ordered
to reactivate all the prosecution organizations across the country.
Attorney general officials also expressed concerns regarding lack of judiciary and prosecution organizations in various districts.
Deputy attorney general Rahmatullah Nazari said the prosecution organizations are not operating in various districts due to instability and people are obliged to apply to Taliban militants in order to resolve their issues.
He said, “People are applying to militants or individuals and groups who have influence in the area to resolve their issues in those districts where security, prosecution and other government officials are not operating. This is the fact which has created tensions among the Afghan people.”
According to deputy attorney general around 65 districts in Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Farah, Helmand, Nimroz, Ghazni, Nuristan, Paktiya, Paktika, Logar, Khost, Daikundi and Maidan Wardak provinces of Afghanistan do not have judicial and prosecution departments.
Mr. Nazari said the attorney general can not operate in these regions since these districts do not have governors and prosecutors.
In the meantime there are also concerns that the prisoners are serving more than their detention period in various provinces of Afghanistan specifically in Kandahar jails due to lack of judiciary institutions.
Head of the Afghan delegation Abdul Qadir Adalatkha who recently investigated the situation of the Afghan jails in three provinces of Afghanistan said the issue has severely violated human rights of the prisoners.
Lack of judiciary institutions in various districts of Afghanistan is not the only issue which forces local residents to apply to militants but growing corruption in government institutions which are operative in other districts also encourages Afghan people to contact militants.
Observors warn that Afghan people will lose their confidence on judiciary institutions of the country if immediate actions are not taken to resolve the issue.