‘ID cards sans word Afghan not acceptable’
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Some civil society activists in western Farah province on Tuesday warned of not accepting the electronic identity cards (ID) if religion and nationality were not mentioned in the documents.
The format of the new ID cards was approved by the parliament in 2014 and then endorsed by the president, but the project hit a snag as some political leaders, lawmakers and civil society groups raised concerns over the omission of nationality and religion from the cards.
But others believe the words “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” identify the cards as official state documents.
Ziauddin Shiwani, a former provincial council member, said in line with the country’s Constitution, every individual living in Afghanistan was Afghan.
He said the people of Afghanistan were historically known as Afghans and removing the world “Afghan” from the ID cards would be a historic mistake.
Another civil society member Ahmad Shah Fitrat said there were many countries in the world where different tribes lived in, but they maintained a single nationality.
Earlier, the Presidential Palace announced the distribution process of the electronic identity cards would be launched in a special ceremony.
On Monday, the president ordered the officials concerned to launch the distribution of electronic identity cards on a trial basis.
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