ID cards issue should not divide Afghans: MPs
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mentioning or not mentioning word “Afghan” in the new electronic ID cards should not divide the Afghans, senators said on Tuesday.
After the parliament approved the Census Law last year, some lawmakers, civil society activists and political parties protested against the omission “Afghan and “Islam” in the new ID cards.
But some people agreed with the parliamentary decision that the words “Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” on the top of the cards were enough to prove the holder’s nationality and religion.
Senator Nadir Baloch said some countries wanted to create differences among the people of Afghanistan. Insisting on unity of the Afghans, he said, people who lived in Afghanistan were Afghans.
“Including or excluding word Afghan from the e-ID cards is not as necessary as to be disputed over. If the government wants and has the intention to issue the ID cards and it should send a revised draft to the parliament, we will approve that within 10 days,” another member of the upper house, Maulvi Mahiuddin Munsef, said.
“There is no need for a dispute, so the government should punish people who are trying to fuel prejudices and disputes… foreign countries don’t want Afghans to have such advanced ID cards,” he added.
Another lawmaker, Lailuma Ahmadi, said discussing the issue of mentioning “Afghan” in ID cards was dangerous for the people of Afghanistan.
“Prolonging the delay in the issuance of ID is dangerous for both the government and the nation. People who don’t want Afghans to have biometric ID cards will misuse the situation,” he said.
The people of Afghanistan should not fall prey to the “foreign conspiracy” aimed at dividing the Afghanis over the ID cards issue, other senators Nisar Haris, Hasibullah Kalimzai Wardak, Gulalai Akbari and Abdul Baqi Baryal voiced the same.
They said the approved census law should be enforced and the process of issuing ID cards commenced.
If there were any other suggestions, they should be sent to the parliament, deputy chairman of the upper house, Mohammad Alam Ezidyar, said.
Finally, the demand of the majority would be fulfilled because every law lacked 100 percent supporters, he said.
The poisoning of school girls in western Herat province was also discussed during Tuesday’s session of the Meshrano Jirga.
Over the past 10 days, nearly 1,000 school girls and teachers have been poisoned by unidentified people in different districts of Herat province.
A senator from Herat, Taiba Zahidi, expressed her concern over the incidents and asked the government to identify and arrest the perpetrator because parents in the province had decided not to send their girls to school.
Such activities were carried out by the enemies of Afghanistan as they did mot the Afghan youths to get education, she said.
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