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Editorial: Tackling corruption

There is no place for corruption in Afghanistan. Those who have looted the poor and the middle classes would have to return what they have looted, and it is possible when corrupt officials face the book. Corruption is a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal benefit. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement. If put a glance deeply on it, one can realize that corruption is the illegitimate use of public power to benefit a private interest. Corruption is the misuse of entrusted power by heritage, education, marriage, election, appointment or whatever else for private gain. Major corruption comes close whenever major events involving large sums of money. We understand that corruption will not disappear from society, but at least we can bring it to the low level through efforts. The efforts are meant to restrict corruption and to protect as much as possible the poor and weak in our societies. Administrative corruption remains endemic in Afghanistan, particularly in the judiciary, customs offices, municipalities and security departments. Last year, a research from transparency international shows that Afghanistan’s defense and security institutions, remain at a very high risk of corruption and that this has severely impacted their ability to provide the level of security. Personnel management, appointments and promotions, procurement and logistic of both soldiers and policemen are heavily affected by both petty and major corruption. The presences of ghost personnel within the army, police and intelligence services have become a serious concern for the Afghan people. However, at the same time the government is making all out efforts to end corruption through recognizing corrupt officials. Indeed, it’s a great move. The only way to eliminate corruption is to remove corrupt official from scenario. Local provincial authorities have said that ten military and civilian officials have been detained in central Kapisa province on charges of corruption. These corrupt officials detained by Ministry of Interior’s Crime Department Personnel. The Afghan masses welcome the efforts of the ministry, and looking toward further detention of those officials that don’t hesitates an inch from taking bribe or other act of corruption. The detention indicated that anti-corruption campaign of the government is underway, and it would overcome the cancer of corruption from the country. It is essential for the National Unity Government to accelerate plans in developing and arsenal of tools aimed at increasing accountability and transparency while reducing corruption and graft. It is a realized fact that corruption in Afghanistan has harmfully impacted on security and economic development. Time is ripe for the government to take more steps to detain officials from zero to hero—involved in corruption doings.

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