Corruption, delays alleged in Ghazni passport office
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Some residents of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday accused passport office staff of seeking bribes from applicants.
Rahmatullah, hailing from the Mushki locality in Qarabagh district, said he applied for a passport two month back. He is yet to get the document.
He alleged well-connected individualswere issued with passportsbut an applicant without recommendation had to pay up to $300 in bribe.
Gulab Khan, a resident of the Nawghi area of Ghazni City, applied for the passport four month back.But he is still waiting for the passport.
He complained the applicants were harmed by delays in the issuance of passports. Some of them lose employment opportunities abroad as their passportsare not prepared in time.
“My brother-in-law sent me a visa from Dubai but it expired because I was unable to get my passport. So I could not make it to my dream destination,” he lamented.
Naqibullah Khaksar, head of the Zwand civil society organisation, confirmed residents of the province had no choice but to offer bribes to the passport officials to get the document.
Many people had complained to the organisation about growing irregularities and the culture of bribe in the passport office, he claimed, slamming the government for failing to banish corruption.
If the government generated jobopportunities inside the country, Afghan youth would neither need to go abroad nor throng the passport office, Khaksar remarked.
But police spokesman Ahmad Fahim vehemently denied corruption in the passport office. He said the process of passport preparation had slowed because the number of applicants had increased.
“A large number of youth seek asylum in foreign countries and hence the crowds in front of the passport office. The main office in Kabul doesn’t provided it passport copies in time,” he argued.”
Rahimullah, an employee of the passport office, said some technical problems delayed the process.He added two of their four computer systems had issues.
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