Afghanistan marks int'l anti-corruption day

2012-12-22 09:46:31 GMT2012-12-22 17:46:31(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KABUL, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- The insurgency-hit Afghanistan on Saturday marked the International Anti-Corruption Day.

During an event held here to mark the day, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on international community and the donor countries to help Afghanistan in fight against administrative corruption.

The International Anti-Corruption Day falls on Dec. 9 every year but the occasion was held days after the event.

"Afghan government is determined to fight administrative corruption but the international community particularly our friend countries must help us to fight against the menace," Karzai told the event attended by high-ranking officials and foreign diplomats.

Without naming any states, the Afghan leader charged some countries which provide funds for Afghanistan for not doing enough in fight against corruption.

"Our foreign friends should not give huge contracts to high ranking government functionaries as signing such contracts would pave the way for corruption," he said, adding "We want our foreign friends to assist us in this field."

Certain countries contributing troops to Afghanistan particularly the United States, have inked contracts worth millions of U.S. dollars with private firms.

Billions of U.S. dollars have been injected into Afghanistan since the collapse of Taliban regime in late 2001. However, the country is still the poorest nation in the world. In addition, Afghanistan reportedly has also ranked among the most corrupt nations in the globe.

Azizullah Ludin, the head of Anti-Corruption Directorate of Afghanistan, in his speech described corruption as a major challenge in government administration.

He also admitted that the law is implemented against the weak citizens while the big fishes and influential figures enjoy immunity and emphasized that the culture of impunity should be ended in Afghanistan.

"Afghanitan will continue to fight against corruption in order to build a new society with constant development under a clean, fair and corruption-free environment," Ludin said.

Karzai in an ambitious decree in July this year listed good governance, effective war on corruption, rule of law and economic sufficiency as top priorities of his government.

In the 33 chapter and 164-article decree, the high ranking officials were ordered to refrain from nepotism in recruiting staffs. It also emphasized to halt land-grabbing practice by anyone. The decree also tasked the security bodies to collect unlicensed arms and probed all parallel organizations in the country.

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