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Abdullah says serious about anti-graft hydra

AT-KABUL: The chief executive office has admitted the report prepared by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that had called corruption still a big challenge in the Kabul administration.

But it said Wednesday that serious measures had been taken for removing this phenomenon. The SIGAR had accused the government of Afghanistan of remaining careless against corruption.

A spokesman for the chief executive office, Omid Maisam, said that the national unity government was serious against corruption, claiming that it had considerable achievements in this regard.

He added that fighting corruption would take long time and would not be removed in a short time.

“There is a resolute and serious determination in the national unity government and some senior officials were dismissed for the first time and their cases were referred to judiciary organs and even they are tried publicly. But we acknowledge that still there are problems,” said Maisam, adding that the national strategy of fighting corruption was prepared and people would see achievements in this regard.

The SIGAR has claimed in its report that there is a good chance for those who are busy in illegal works in Afghanistan, because the government is performing poor because of the weak political determination.

The report also says that corruption has even barred security forces to expand their controlled-areas.

SIGAR has attacked the judiciary organs and has criticized it, but the attorney general’s office rejected the criticisms as baseless and far from reality.

Separately, the Integrity Watch Afghanistan called on the people of Afghanistan and the International Community to help the government in fighting corruption.

Some members of parliament praise government’s recent measures against corruption, asking for continuing of such measures.

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