Delay in e-Tazkira rollout despite removal of legal barriers

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:14 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 267 times

The government’s fragile stance is a major culprit for weak rule of law in Afghanistan. In most cases, governments even unnecessarily resort to political compromise instead of rule of law, thereby emboldening political groups and figures to shamelessly stand out against laws for their individual and partisan interests. Compromise is given preference often to fight shy of certain short-lived blowback, whereas the long-term consequences of any compromise on laws are extremely grave. Because of this very reason, the resistance and defiance of some circles against government entities has become a major headache in the country. Although laws are very clear on certain issues, some people dare to take a stand against it. 


One of the recent instances of government’s irresolute position on rule of law is the postponement of distribution of computerized national identity cards. Even though all legal issues related to the process have been addressed, the government once again delayed the launch of this major national project for the sake of some circles that are known for their obedience and complaisance towards outsiders. More regrettable is the stance of National Unity Government’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah welcoming, or reportedly ordering the delay in the distribution process of e-Tazkira. He has said the electronic ID cards should not sow the seeds of rift among the people of Afghanistan. 

No one, except the enemies of Afghanistan, wants the national projects to lead to disunity among Afghans; however, the circles that have blocked the start of the e-Tazkira distribution process don’t represent Afghan nation. They have stood out against an article of the constitution which clearly states: “The word Afghan shall apply to every citizen of Afghanistan”. On what logic the chief executive officer is supporting people who publicly oppose constitutional provisions, and want to deprive Afghans of the perks of an extremely important project. 

All politicians, including CEO Abdullah, who claim to be national-minded, should prove their claim. How can someone, who supports circles opposing the country’s national interests, consider himself a representative of Afghans? The government should also no longer deceive Afghan people, and launch the e-Tazkira distribution process based on the law as soon as possible. Looking at the situation of Afghanistan, it is not possible to ask the opinion of every single person of the 30 million population of Afghanistan about the execution of national decisions, so any further delay in the country’s flagship project under the pretext of finding a consensus about it is no longer acceptable.


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