Karzai’s successes, failures reviewed

KABUL (Pajhwok): Reviewing President Hamid Karzai government’s achievements, civil society activists on Thursday praised the outgoing leader for strengthening unity among the Afghan communities, but resented his failure to eliminate administrative corruption during his 13 years in office.
The activists held a day-long conference in Kabul, an event that brought together members of several civil society institutes including National Women Institute (NWI), Youths National Understanding Process (YNUP) and Justice Movement for Independency.
A number of political figures, women and human rights activists also attended the conference.
YNUP director Faridon Alokozai said the Afghans had been suffering from the decades-long conflict but President Karzai was able to unite the warring parties and ensure unity among them.
He came hard on the two presidential hopefuls, saying they had failed to solve their political dispute and further cement the national unity.
He questioned how the two candidates would negotiate with the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan to recognise their government and join the peace process when they could not resolve their own dispute.
He asked the candidates to try to ensure that the national unity prevailed otherwise the Afghans would upraise against their wrong policies.
Alokozai regretted that a large number of Afghans lost their lives to the conflict amid highest level corruption in government offices. “Corruption in government offices has eared Afghanistan a bad name in the comity of nations.”
A member of NWI, Hamida Wardak, told the conference that there had been a lot of improvements with regard to higher education, economy, media, democracy, security situation and women empowerment after the collapse of the Taliban regime.
However, she said the government had missed many opportunities during the past 13 years.
Anar Kali Hunaryar, a Sikh minority lawmaker, also praised the achievements made over the past one decade. She said women were able to cast their votes in both rounds of the elections but what happened to the process was the candidates’ fault.
“We don’t want to lose these achievements, the country needs more development,” she said.

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