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Citizens say become fed-up with surging corruption

10 Jul 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT News Report

KABUL: Citizens have grumbled over the escalation of

administrative corruption in government offices while President Ashraf Ghani on

Wednesday said Afghanistan has lost a ‘golden opportunity’ due to graft.

Some citizens said that until they don’t offer bribe, their

applications are not processed, adding that they are fed up with this menace.

“I am Shir Afghan Sherzai, a resident of Kabul. If you have

any kind of task, even following up on your retirement, at a government

organization, you must bribe the officials. In case you don’t do so, your work

might be postponed for years to deal with.”

Another Kabul inhabitant, Mir Afghan, said: “The corruption

is widespread. It exists everywhere: in courts, at prosecutor’s offices, and

all government offices. We hope, God willing, that this epidemic is


Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt country across the

world. The international community has always asked the Afghan government to

take remedial measures against this phenomenon.

The 2018 Report of the Transparency International shows that

Afghanistan ranks 172 among the 180 countries across the globe when it comes to

corruption. According to this report, Afghanistan is the second-most corrupt

country in Asia after North Korea.

Meanwhile, President Ghani acknowledged that Afghan people

had a ‘golden opportunity’ at hand but it went in vain due to corruption.

Speaking at the Fifth Annual European Union Anti-Corruption

Conference on Wednesday, he said, “What corruption has cost us? The most

crucial loss we incurred was losing national and international trust. There has

been no lecture given to the Afghan government at a conference to focus on


Ghani emphasized on the role of accountability, saying it

was difficult to proceed without it. He called on the Afghan people to help the

government in eradicating administrative corruption in Afghanistan.

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