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Paktia Jirga wants word ‘Afghan’ in computerized ID cards

Paktia Jirga wants word ‘Afghan’ in computerized ID cards

Aug 25, 2015 - 15:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The grand youth Jirgainfo-icon in southeastern Paktia province on Tuesday demanded the president ensure inclusion of word “Afghan” in the computerized Identity Cards (ID).

The Jirga said ignoring the words “Afghan” and “Islam” in the national Identity Cards would be viewed as an act against the constitution because the county supreme law says every individual living in Afghanistaninfo-icon should be called as Afghan by nationality while Islam the religion of the country.

The launch of ID cards had been delayed following President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani raised his concerns about the citizenship cards.

Nusrat Rahimi, spokesman of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), said that president wanted to settle issues pertaining to the new ID cards and then launch the process.

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s office said the distribution of computerized national identity cards would begin in two weeks.

The distribution of computerized ID cards was earlier scheduled to begin before last year’s presidential election, but it had to be delayed for some reasons.

The distribution of ID cards is a joint project of the ministries of interior and telecommunications and information technology. A contract for the project had been signed five years ago.

Mujibur Rahman Rahimi, spokesman for CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s, announced that distribution of computerized ID Cards would begin in two weeks.

He told reporters the ministries concerned had submitted their plans to the Council of Ministers with regard to the distribution of new ID cards.

Rahimi said the Council of Ministers on Monday decided to launch a test distribution process on Aug, 19. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) would oversee the process.

He said as many as 369 ID cards would be issued in the initial stage before expanding the process countrywide in the second stage.

CEO office spokesman said coming elections would be conducted under the computerized cards which would help prevent rigging.



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