E-Tazkira is a long-delayed project that can further be procrastinated by Wolesi Jirga’s rejection of the presidential decree. There are intentional efforts to portray the disagreement about the wording of the identity related information in the e-Tazkira as the only reason for the delay in the distribution process, while there are other major factors behind it.
The distribution of electronic ID cards is the first step toward ensuring transparency and accountability in the country, because they are very important in all areas, from transparency in election to decreasing the level of crimes. Therefore, some foreign and domestic circles who think e-Tazkira threatens their interests block the process.
In addition to the domestic mafia who sees their future at stake, the e-Tazkira distribution project can also somehow restricts the interference and activities of foreign intelligence services in Afghanistan. Thus, the local mafia networks and foreign elements have joined hands, and are trying their best to delay, if not completely halt, the process because their interests can easily be protected in a lawless Afghanistan.
The lawmakers should have realized the sensitivity of the issue, and decided as the country’s best interests required. Now, all the branches of the government should join hands and not allow the enemies of Afghan people to exploit the opportunity to divide Afghan people by ethnicities, and push the key national project to the brink of failure. Given its significance, the e-Tazkira project has strong enemies, and the government should act wisely and vigilantly in this regard.