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President Karzai declares support for Afghan banks

President Hamid Karzai conferred on the challenges facing the Afghan banks at a meeting attended by concerned ministers, chairman of the Central Bank and heads of the private banks. The meeting came after China announced halting financial transactions with Afghan commercial banks. President Karzai declared support for the Afghan banks and reassured that the Afghan government remained committed in strengthen ...

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Afghan Lower House to vote on Anti-Money Laundering Law next week

The Afghan Lower House committees will vote on the Anti-Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism Prevention Laws next Wednesday. After approval from the Lower House, the Laws would be submitted to the Senate to decide whether or not to send it on to President Hamid Karzai for ratification or send it back to the Lower House for further amendments. The passing of the Law has become a top priority of the Parli ...

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Senior Afghan Officials Accused Of Electoral Fraud

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) said Tuesday that a number of senior government officials were involved in electoral fraud in the first round of election. IEC officials said the list of senior government officials involved in electoral fraud has been sent to the President Palace. The officials urged the government of Afghanistan to dismiss the officials involved in electoral fraud. ...

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Dismissing the Culpable Election Workers

A number of civil organizations and election observers called on electoral bodies to dismiss the employees who have been involved in electoral irregularities and frauds during the first round of elections. In the meantime, the Independent Election Commission has warned that it would deal seriously with those employees who are found to be involved with fraudulent actions during the elections. Afghanistan’s e ...

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Abdullah Not Satisfied With IECC Job

KABUL: Frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday asked the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) to address the complaints his team had lodged regarding 1,433 polling sites before the announcement of final results. Abdullah said his campaign team had evidence of fraudulent voting that could have a “significant impact on final results”. Without naming anyone, Abdullah told a press conferenc ...

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Protestors Call for End to Sit-In against Mayor

  Hundreds of people on Monday staged a protest rally in Kabul, calling for an end to a 10-day sit-in by some lawmakers and their supporters to allow the municipality to resume its activities. Municipality staffers have been on leave since May 3, when someWolesi Jirga members launched a protest against Mayor Younus Nawandesh, accusing him of involvement in land-grab, corrupt practices and issuing permi ...

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Power Struggle and Corruption

  Kabul Mayor Mohammad Yonous Nawandish and a number of Lower House representatives are engaged in trading heated accusations pointing fingers at each other for being involved in corruption. In response to the House representatives’ call for dismissal his dismissal, Nawandish published some evidences to the media and accused the MPs and the Speaker of the House of illegal demands and corruption. In rec ...

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Wolesi Jirga refers Dilawari issue to HOCIC

  KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga on Monday sought explanation from the High Oversight Commission on Implementation of Constitution (HOCIC) if the lower house had a constitutional mandate to summon the central bank chief. On April 24, the assembly had agreed to firm up a new date for summoning Da Afghanistan Bank Governor Noorullah Dilawari and decide his fate after he twice failed to appear before lawmakers. ...

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SIGAR’s Worrisome Report on Corruption in Afghanistan

  US top inspection authority for reconstruction of Afghanistan has warned that hard-gained achievements of the past decade would be in danger of being lost if the widespread corruption is not curbed. According the US top inspection authority for US spending in Afghanistan, SIGAR, the pervasive corruption has hampered Afghan government’s ability to collect revenues, which is the only way for decreasing ...

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I SEE YOU; Campaign against Corruption in Kabul

  Kabul- yesterday in Kabul city a social campaign under name of I SEE YOU, and slogan of (corruptible officials are not hidden from God and People eye) anti-corruption was organized by Peace Street Group volunteers. the aim of this campaign was promoting the culture of standing against corruptible people and publicizing bad face and hatred against corruption, the camping was contain different parts, d ...

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Afghanistan’s Place at Global Anti-Corruption Campaign

As usual, some Afghanistan’s civil organizations observed the International Anti-Corruption Day on Monday by holding a number of events in Kabul. In fighting the chronic phenomenon of corruption, Afghanistan has not only managed to take a step forward in elimination of corruption but has further plunged to the abyss of corruption. The United Nations has called corruption as “a barrier to achieving the Mille ...

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Nepotism in Afghanistan

Nageena Naseri - Afghanistan is an underdeveloped country and it’s said that two-thirds of the population is fewer than 30 which obviously makes Afghanistan a country of young people. In the midst of crunching times, Afghanistan is facing severe issues such as terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, disunity. The young people of the country are often called as the builders of tomorrow. I do agree that the young peo ...

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Reshuffles in top Security Posts

The newly appointed acting Interior Minister Omar Daudzai, former Afghan ambassador to Islamabad, officially took over the job form his predecessor on Monday. His appointment to the top security post was made by president Karzai only days after appointment of Rahmatullah Nabil as the acting chief of the National Directorate for Security (NDS). Mr. Daudzai, who is considered a close ally to President Karzai, ...

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A Right Move for Protecting Minorities’ Rights

Amid uproar of war and corruption, the government took a remarkable step forward in guaranteeing the rights of one of the most unprivileged minority community in Afghanistan. In response to calls from civil organizations and Afghan Hindu activists, the council of cabinet ministers brought amendments to the election law so that the Hindu and Sikh minorities of Afghanistan could have a seat in the parliament. ...

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Land-Grabbing by top Officials Rocks the Afghan Government

Recently, once again discussion on the endemic corruption, particularly, over the issue of land-grabbing by powerful figures, is escalated among the afghan elites. A parliamentary commission of supervising the government activities, after conducting a survey for over six months, on last Monday revealed that around 1,290,000 acres of lands have been grabbed by 15,000 people across Afghanistan. Most of the gr ...

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No Progress in Kabul Bank’s Graft Case

Kabul Bank’s loans worth $220 million have been recovered by a special commission set to settle the cases of graft and irregularities in the Bank. Noorullah Dilawari, the Central Bank governor told reporters that about $173 million has been recovered from selling defaulters’ properties in Dubai and Kabul. The once largest private bank in Afghanistan went bankrupt about two years ago after the main sharehold ...

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Corruption of the Top-level Elite

Five MPs who were accused of being involved in corruption and smuggling have been put on the Exit Control List on Tuesday by the Attorney General Office (AGO). Last month, MPs Haji Zahir Qadeer, Samiullah Samim, Mohammad Arif Rahmani, Mohammad Azim Mohseni and Mahmood Khan Sulaimankhel were accused by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal of being involved in smugglings and making illegal demands from the ministe ...

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Politics and Corruption

The lawmakers accused by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal of smuggling and making illegal demands from government agencies denied the accusations, saying if the charges are proved they would resign from their posts in the parliament. The lawmakers called for an extensive probe about the accusations by independent agencies. In the meantime, the Senate hailed Zakhilwal and gave him an appreciation for exposing ...

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Bold Revelation of Corruption in the Parliament

In a bold move, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on Monday disclosed the names of, as he claimed, the lawmakers involved in corruption, smuggling and making illegal demands from the government officials. After insistence of the MPs to reveal names of the lawmakers he had accused before, the Minister named the lawmakers as Hameedzai Lalai, Haji Zahir Qadeer, Samiullah Samim, Azim Mohseni and Arif Rahmani resp ...

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Confrontations between Cabinet Ministers and the Parliament

The two chambers of the National Assembly, the Wolesi Jirga and Mishrano Jirga, are going to summon the Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal. The Wolesi Jirga members have said that Zakhilwal is called to the house for mismanagement and corruption. In reaction to the call, Zakhilwal has said a number of Wolesi Jirga members have been in smuggling activities, involved in nepotism and illegal interferences to the ...

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