Unable to pay bribes, residents approach Taliban for justice
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Most residents of southern Ghazni province refer their cases to Taliban courts, largely due to widespread corruption in judicial organs.
People have to take their legal cases to the Taliban, because the provincial judiciary is corrupt, head of the local council in Pashtunabad area, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“I had a case with someone, so I went to the Mangoor area of Ghazni City where Taliban resolved the issue in half an hour.The government could not resolve it in a year,” Haji Bazaz recalled.
He asked the officials to prevent corruption in the judicial departments and make state institutions credible to convince residents into submitting their cases to the government.
Another resident of Ghazni City, Abdul Ahad, claimed representatives of Taliban courts were present in mosques; even prayer leaders are members of the judiciary commissions.
“To have a minor issue resolved, you have to wait for monthsif your take your case to government judicial organs. But Taliban judges hand down verdicts in a short time without receiving money from the people,” he argued.
Most residents take their small irritants to local militants for arbitration, while complicated cases are referred to the Taliban’s Quetta Shura, according to another inhabitant of Ghazni City, Ahmad Khalid.
“We hada long-running land dispute with our cousins. With mutual consent, both parties went to Quetta, where the Taliban office was closed. But later, we found a person who took us inside the building.
“Inside the compound, the Taliban had an organised office;they resolved our case within half an hour and we returned home satisfied,” he added.
Provincial council member Khaliqdad Akbari acknowledged ordinary people had to approach the Taliban to adjudicate on their disputes. The Taliban don’t ask them for bribes, but government employees do.
In many instances, court decisions were enforced in Ghazni, where some officials also interfered in judicial affairs, alleged provincial council secretary, Hamidullah Sarwari.
While admitting that many cases were decided by the insurgents, Governor Mohammad Aman Hamimi said: “Let me ask why people approach the Taliban. I would do all I can to banish corruption.”
Recently-appointed Ghazni Appellant Court Judge Sikandar Haidari claimed taking stringent measures to eliminate graft from the department.
“When a judge receives bribes, I will dismiss him without wasting any time, but the people have to help us in identifying corrupt officials,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said they neither delayed the disposal of cases nor forced the people to spend money on litigation -- the hallmarks of a legitimate legal system.
Mujahid claimed they had a three-tier courtsystem in each province that was accessible round the clock for residents seeking a swift end to disputes..
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