Bribery has turned into a culture in Afghanistan. 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 of various kinds of taxes. This is no less than a disaster for a country where according to UN figures about 36 percent of population lives below the international line of poverty.
Bribery in Afghanistan has been given birth by the rampant corruption – a major cause of the trust rift between the Afghan government and the people. People's trust on the government has gone so low that in most parts of Afghanistan they consult the Taliban to settle their disputes.
It is not only at domestic level that the corruption has discredited the government but also the international community is deeply concerned over growing corruption in Afghanistan. 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.
With deep corruption existing it its systems, it seems improbable for the government to successfully address serious problems like weak governance, limited rule of law and other political, economic, social and judicial issues. To all the factors contributing to the failure of government in various sectors, corruption has a prominent contribution.
It is not so that no measures have been taken to tackle corruption but they have been insufficient and up to great extent symbolic. Until and unless the law makers become the law protectors instead of law breakers, corruption and problems given birth by it will persist. There is need for a strong will to fight corruption in Afghanistan while the current government misses that will.