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Pressures Growing on Karzai over CIA Payments

Pressures on President Karzai is growing as politicians and lawmakers in the National Assembly urge the president to explain the “ghost money” which the New York Times said was paid to his office by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Echoing the senators’ call, some Wolesi Jirga lawmakers on Wednesday asked President Karzai to share the information regarding the payments with the parliament. The New ...

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Attempts for Influence in Afghanistan

President Hamid Karzai confirmed a New York Times report that his National Security Council (NSC) had received ‘a reasonable scale’ of cash from the US spy agency – the CIA. The New York Times reported on April 28, 2013 that “tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai.” “For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and ...

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The Creeping Corruption in the Parliament

The lower house of the parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, is increasingly getting embroiled in blame games of corruption in the house. The unpleasant fact is that corruption has not remained limited in the executive branch, but is increasingly pervading among the lawmakers. The Wolesi Jirga is going to debate on the allegations that some lawmakers had accepted bribes from the summoned cabinet ministers to vote i ...

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The Ambiguous Process of Summoning Ministers

Ministers of Mines and Culture and Information received votes of confidence by the lawmakers in the lower house of the Parliament. Last Wednesday, the two ministers were unable to satisfy the lawmakers about under-spending development funds of their related ministries in fiscal year of 2011. During last week, the lower house of the parliament summoned eleven ministers for under-spending their budgets in 201 ...

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The Summoning Game in the Parliament

The Wolesi Jirga of the Afghan Parliament is going to summon eleven cabinet ministers for under-spending the funds allocated for their relevant ministries. Last week, the chairpersons of Wolesi Jirga commissions agreed to summon the minister this week. Summoning the ministers takes place after months of disagreements and bitter arguments between the lawmakers about the legality of the decision for summoning ...

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Corruption-Hydra and Government Numbness

The corruption-hydra is potentially left almost all the public departments gangrenous but it has also left indelible imprints on private sector in the country. Imitating public sector now private sector has also taken the road of corruption, but this is not that much a biggest concern for the international community that has funneled billions of dollars in this troubled country as the corruption in the publ ...

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The Shocking Report of Land Corruption

The Members of Parliament’s Lower House, the Wolesi Jirga, exchanged harsh arguments on its Saturday’s session over a parliamentary commission’s report on land-grabbing corruption. In its report, the special parliamentary commission, created to oversee government's performance, said that more than 300,000 acres of government land has been grabbed across the country. Saleh Saljuqi, a member of the commission ...

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