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Editorial: Expensive justice

Justice is very expensive in Afghanistan as the research and survey reports reveal. Most of officials and influential people are using the laws for their own benefits. The law of the land is helpless before the armed groups. The recent clash between the two groups in the capital city, Kabul, has proved that any group can enter the city and become cause of violence under the nose of the government. If peace in the capital city is so fragile then imagine security situation in the far-flung and remote areas, infested with militants and warlords. Innocent people killed by the warlords and insurgents do not get justice. There is no single case that could rebuild hopes on the current judicial system. The legal system shall judge the powerful individuals in the country as citizens.

Unfortunately, the law does not imply a common foundation of justice but created an unseen and unwritten division between the common people and elites. As the international community is gearing up for the Brussels summit on Afghanistan, the government is busy in drafting attractive plans. Seemingly, the Afghan leaders will be unable to convince the donor states that it is doing well and the country is moving in right direction. Corruption exists in every government institute. The more is the authority of an official or institute, higher is the amount of bribe. Nepotism and favoritism is not an old story. It is eating foundation of the state. Key positions are reserved for those who are relatives and friends of the high-ranking state officials. Those are also accommodated who can offer handsome amount of money as bribe. Tribal influence also plays great role in getting job in the government departments.

Moreover, Afghanistan is facing worst humanitarian crisis in the history. In the past human rights were violated by the kings, princes or their relatives or when the governments and regimes collapsed. However, in the current decade human rights are violated in presence of government supported by scores of international partners. Sadly, the authorities blame the laws for internal problems. As a matter of fact the laws are formulated and implemented by individuals in the state institutions. Therefore, such excuses are not worthy buying and cannot satisfy the citizens or international community. Most of these problems could be resolved if the laws were implemented in true spirit. Implementation of the laws is need of the hour because justice has become an expensive commodity in Afghanistan rather than basic human and Constitutional right.

It is also responsibility of the donor countries, who will attend the Brussels summit, to pressurize the Afghan government to reform its judicial system aimed at quick dispensation of justice.

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