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WJ urges quick issuance of electronic ID cards

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga (WJ)—Lower House of the parliament— on Saturday urged the government to direct the relevant officials to kick off the distribution of electronic national identification (ID) cards “as soon as possible”.

The lawmakers alleged Pakistan of hampering the ID cards issuance process. They said the computerized ID cards would reduce crimes and bring transparency in the electoral process.

Returned to their jobs after summer recess, the MPs have submitted their reports to the administrative board of the WJ. They expressed their concerns over insecurity and delay in issuance of the electronic ID cards.

Shekiba Hashemi, an MP from Kandahar, said that neighboring countries do not want Afghans to have a clear identification system. She said that Pakistan was hell-bent on delaying the distribution process in order to create differences among Afghans.

“Therefore, the government must start distribution of the electronic identification cards without further delay in order to guarantee a transparent election and ensure security across the country because the law has already approved by the parliament and President,” she said.

Besides delay in issuance of the new ID cards, insecurity also came under discussion in the today’s session.

Abdul Rahman Rahmani, an MP from Balkh, said the government was involved in increasing insecurity because Daesh is expanding day by day while the authorities are acting as silent spectators.

Accusing the government officials of fueling insecurity, he said that Daesh and the Taliban are moving from one province to another without any problem due to inattention of the provincial governors and police chiefs.

Abdul Rauf Enami, an MP from Badakhshan, said that insecurity is increasing rapidly in Badakhshan as the government is clueless on how to improve law and order situation.

 

“The Taliban have torched the WFP donated vehicles in Raghistan district. Residents of Badakhshan province are supporting the government but it is the government that has failed to eliminate militants who are not more than 200,” he said.

Mullah Tarakhail Muhammadi, a representative of the nomads in the WJ, has said that the word “Afghan” should be mentioned in the law of registration and census before distribution of the identity cards.

Speaker of the WJ, Abdul Rauf Ebrahemi, asked the government to distribute the national electronic ID cards based on the law of registration and census. He said the law had been approved by the parliament and the president and could not be amended.

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