Blame game; a modus operandi for officials to evade responsibilities

Monday, 17 October 2016 04:14 Written by  Heart of asia Read 156 times

Finger-pointing has become a practice for Afghan officials who fail to perform the assigned duties. Instead of acknowledging faults and debacles, virtually all officials resort to recriminations. A fresh instance of the practice between civil and military officials has occurred following the fall of Kunduz into the Taliban’s hands.  The governor of Kunduz blamed the collapse of the strategic city on the deputy chief of staff of the Afghan National Army (ANA), Gen. Murad Ali Murad. In response to the allegation, Gen. Murad said he would reveal all evidence about who to blame for the fall of Kunduz; however, he later retracted his statements, and is yet to divulge the evidence.  


Following these statements, First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is now in northern Faryab province to lead anti-militant operations, accused some domestic and foreign circles of implementing the “Daesh project” by transferring 7,500 of its fighters to the north of the country. Prior to this, there were allegations about people within the government as well as the fifth column supporting the insurgents, but no one has yet dared to present supporting evidence.
 
A lot of people from Gen. Dostum to some political analysts claim that elements from within the government support anti-government actors, especially the Islamic State (IS) terrorists, while no one has yet provided any proof. If they have any compelling evidence to prove their claims, they should share them with the people by exercising their rights to freedom of speech. Information relevant to such key issues on which the future of Afghanistan relies should not be kept secret.
Meanwhile, the government’s silence on the allegations is also of great concern as silence often means and implies, and can be interpreted as admission of guilt. Instead of remaining tightlipped about the allegations, the government should seek evidence from these individuals. If they cannot provide the information to support their claims, they should be prosecuted.
 
Making such claims without presenting evidence is a betrayal of the Afghan people, who are ever distrustful of the future. If these individuals really have the evidence to prove their allegations, but don’t dare to share it so as to stay in power, then there is no difference between them and those fighting against Afghans. The militants also shed the blood of Afghans to take over power, and these individuals also prefer staying in power to the survival of the nation, leading to the continuity of war and further bloodshed in the country.
Considering the country’s critical situation, Afghan officials should fulfill their responsibilities and ensure security in lieu of spreading further fear among Afghans by playing the blame game.