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Editorial: Starts with rifts

 No one could neglect importance’s, credibility and effectiveness of parliamentary and other democratic organs in the civilized world. Such states and its people have achieved these institutions and made it stable and acceptable after prolong efforts and rendering tremendous sacrifices. Such people are well aware about weightages and effectiveness of these institution. But the situation is different in under developed and developing countries. In particular, the situation is seeming too much disappointing in Afghanistan like country which is facing turmoil from last four decades and its people have got a centralized authority only 17 years back. Now they got third parliament, even with over eight months long delay in results to polls held on October 18, 2018. The newly elected MP’s embarked on quarrels and tussles over election of Speaker. The lawmakers in the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Parliament, divided over accepting the new Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani who was declared winner after a voting session. Rahmani, who was competing for the seat with MP Kamal Nasir Osuli, got 123 votes while his opponent got 55 votes. But Osuli’s supporters have reportedly refused to ace the results on the grounds based on the last quorum, 123 votes were needed for a winning candidate but the missing votes from the total 247 MPs turned the process controversial. Following the rifts on the new speaker, some footages, apparently captured by some lawmakers, were released on social media showing angry MPs trying to stop the new speaker to take his seat. Other footage showed that a group of female lawmakers occupying the speaker’s seat and calling for an interim speaker and re-election for the position. Known politician and newly elected MP from Kabul Ramazan Bashardost said the controversy in the parliament over the election of the new speaker can be solved through legitimate ways, but he says the lawmakers “are not willing to address the issue through legal channels”. Later a 15- member committee was formed for resolving of the issue but the dispute still persists. Unfortunately, the imposed wars and external intrigues lead to divisions amongst the people of Afghanistan in each and every sphere of life. The prolonged wars also posed bad impacts on socio-politico structures and it badly affected the well-established and popular Afghan traditions. The wars generated new leaders and even its produced warlords are reluctant to give up. Just for safeguarding their vested interests these war-produced “influential” now bent up on occupation of berths and seats in parliament, other democratic and political groups and even in government organs. These people are least interested in concerns, miseries and plights of common men who have been made fed up by prolonged wars and conflicts in the motherland. These elements are making huge investments on getting berths in institution even on elections against the parliamentary seats, especially on its top slots. Instead of quarrelling with each other’s, the newly elected MP’s must keep in mind sacrifices rendered by over two thousand countrymen during the October election process. On a single day only 600 violent acts occurred in the country. Instead of racing for top and attractive slots, the MP’s must realize their responsibilities of pulling the country out of existing crises.

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