Corruption is not a problem of a single state and infact it has a great negative impact over the progress of third world and the lives of masses there. Same is the case of Afghanistan where the government is often criticised by the international community these days, for the corruption inside it.
Transparency International’s 2009 global Corruption Perception Index has placed Afghanistan at second last number, just above the name of Somalia, which shows the real picture.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaking on a news channel says President Karzai and his government can do better.
“Now that the election is finally over we’re looking to see tangible evidence that the government, led by the president but going all the way down to the local level, will be more responsive to the needs of the people,” he said.
The question arises that why the Karzai administration was unable to curb the menace?
The High Office of Oversight as official institution of anti corruption is working since September 2008 but in its one year’s operational status only 15 cases of corruption were brought to the notice of law enforcing agencies.
The High Office of Oversight has not the capacity of fulfilment of all formalities of those cases as the shortage of staff for proper investigation is a hurdle.
On the other hand the law enforcing agencies have not enough capacity to punish the powerful and politically backed personalities.
Although, according to the official record, action has been taken against the former transport ministers Inayatullah Qasimi and Hameedullah Qadir and the Mayor of Kabul Mir Abdul Ahad Sahebi.
The cases against the Former Ministers are under progress while the Kabul mayor was sentenced recently for four years imprisonment on corruption charges. Interestingly, he was working as usual in his office, even after the punishment.
Responding to the conviction of Kabul Mayor, a member of Afghan parliament termed the verdict as a biased one. He said that Mir Abdul Ahad Sahebi was punished because he had no political back or influence, otherwise there were a lot of other persons, well known to every one, were never punished.
In his policy address regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan, President of United States Barak Obama clearly warned the Afghan government that it would not expect blank cheques any more.
Afghan economy mainly relies on foreign aid, donated by the occupied states and most of the amount is considered to be wasted in day to day expenses of government officials and to their pockets too.
According to an official statistics, United States is spending 36 million dollars annually on their military action in Afghanistan. US has pledged 10.4 million dollars for the developmental head there from 2002 to 2008, which was one-third of all aid, provided to Afghanistan. On the other hand the Afghan authorities are of the opinion that United States has dispersed only five million dollars while the rest of amount was spent by the American authorities.
The corruption concern for leaders of United States and United Kingdom is not in love of Afghans but indeed they want their imposed policy to be successful. The amount spent in the name of Afghan development, is in fact for their own interest and success of policies.
Therefore, it will be not fair to blame only the Afghan government for the failure of post Taliban set-up. Afghan government failure is in deed the failure of coalition States.