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 People’s insecurity stokes public uprising: Experts

By Weeda Baraki

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KABUL - The absence of rule of law, nagging corruption and lack of security for people has encouraged public rising in parts of the country, say Afghan experts.

Civil society proponents believe that reforms in the political system could help government impose rule of law and promote anti-corruption efforts in the country.

At a weekly radio and television programme “Your Voice”, Wolesi Jirga member Abdul Jabar Qahraman, said absence of rule of law plus internal and external pressures, and the government’s inability to protect civilians had stirred recent public uprising.

“Current incidents and incidents of the past three decades paved way for instability, because only one percent of the people may be aware of the law. People of this country should be united because that is the only solution,” said Qahraman.

The programme is a combined effort of Killid media group, Pajhwok Afghan News and Saba Media Organistaion -- under the umbrella of the Afghanistan Independent Media Consortium, aimed at promoting public debates on current issues.

Two months ago, people in Andar district of southern Ghazni province revolted against Taliban insurgents and later the uprising spread to Faryab, Pakitia and Laghman provinces.

But Taliban claimed civilians were not involved in the uprising, but tribal militiamen, backed by Afghan government and foreign troops, were fighting against the movement.

At the same debate, two more political experts, Mohammad Hassan and Walasmal said the current uprising started for political gains of other countries, especially for the United States.

They pointed out that the public execution of a young Parwan woman, for alleged adultery, was due to the incompetence of the government to protect civilians.

“US troops are also responsible for the incident because 50 Taliban kill a woman in Parwan due to lack of security,” they said.

The Afghan Women’s Network chairperson Fatana Gilani strongly condemned the Parwan incident and said the woman was killed by the enemies of Islam and Afghanistan for their political objective.

“Members of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission should be terminated. Their reports are unbelievable for me and their statements are rhetoric,” Gilani said.

The government is very weak and militants are getting stronger day by day and civilians become easy target for them, she added. Gilani asked President Hamid Karzai to win public’s trust by appointing capable and patriotic people in key positions.

Walasmal also criticised the government saying: “The government should prevent robbers and corrupt officials from occupying government posts.”

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