Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, June 5th, 2020

If You Fail to Diminish Corruption, it Will Diminish You

People are sick of paying millions of Afghanis in bribes each year for receiving basic government services for which they are already paying in the forms various kinds of taxes. With no single doubt, bribery has turned into a culture in Afghanistan. This trend has economically pressed the poor section that forms more than sixty percent of our population. With no one giving ear to their voices, people have become totally hopeless. In the public eyes, the credibility of government is falling swiftly. Living in country that has fallen in the list of the most corrupt countries of the world makes one realize what 'corruption' really means.

There is not merely domestic pressure on the government for not having achieved any significant success against the deep-rooted corruption in the national systems. There are also intensive international critics. To all these, the present administration has no proper answer. In the government's point of view, foreigners are majorly responsible for vastly spreading corruption. However, the government has failed to impart any sorts of evidences as it seems to have no control over the great number of contracts being executed by foreign organizations. The foreigners can be responsible for the corruption but the government needs to clean itself first. In other words the government should not put its burden on the shoulders of others.

If you fail to diminish corruption, it will diminish you. Keeping in view the lowest security level in Afghanistan, it is a far-believing fact that corruption will accelerate its deterioration by creating serious hindrances. With deep corruption existing in its systems, it seems improbable for the government to successfully address serious problems like weak governance, limited rule of law and other political, economic and social issues. To all the factors contributing to the failure of government in various sectors, corruption has a prominent contribution.

It is not like that no measures have been taken to tackle corruption but they have insufficient. Until the law makers do not become the law protectors instead of law breakers, corruption and problems given birth by it will persist and there is no doubt in it.