Instead of marking ANDSF Day, free them from scourge of corruption

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 03:25 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 202 times

For the first time in its history, Afghanistan celebrated the 9th of Hoot (February 27) as the National Day of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in ceremonies held in various place of the country, with the major one in capital Kabul which was also attended by several high-ranking government officials, including the president and heads of security and defense institutions. 

 

While observing the ADNSF Day is a good step, it really cannot heal the pains of soldiers who have voluntarily and with few resources risked their lives to protect the country and people. What the frontline troops need is not to confer a medal of honor on their leader who has seized his post based on nepotism. In most cases, Afghan forces lose their lives in the line of duty by virtue of the negligence, deals, and corruption of the very leaders who have been awarded a bunch of medals, as well as military ranks embroidered on their shoulder straps. 

Corruption in ANDSF leadership has been one of the leading causes of death among Afghan forces who always complain about the inopportune supply of weapons, ammunitions, and other equipment in most of the areas witnessing intense fighting. Also in some instances, Afghan forces are forced to fight the enemies on an empty stomach, or surrender to them; and being on duty for six consecutive months without having any breaks has become a common practice for Afghan forces. There are even some cases, where the resources of Afghan Air Force (AAF) have been used by senior officials instead mobilizing them to rescue besieged soldiers. 

Finding a leader or official who has sold weapons to the insurgents and also prosecuting officials who jeopardize the lives of Afghan forces for their own interests is a priority for the soldiers serving in the frontline, not celebrating the ANDSF Day. 

 If the National Unity Government (NUG) is really serious and willing to boost the morale of Afghan forces and recognize their services, it, instead of marking the ANDSF Day, should root out corruption in their leadership and publicly try the corrupt officials so that no one can dare to commit such treason in the future. The security apparatus should be reformed in a way that can streamline the timely supply of weapons, ammunition and military hardware to Afghan forces. Additionally, it should seek a logical settlement to the ongoing imposed war, in which Afghan forces can proudly heave a sigh of relief.