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MPs urge unity leaders to reach consensus on e-NICs

MPs urge unity leaders to reach consensus on e-NICs

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May 05, 2018 - 21:05

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Saturday expressed their concern about continued differences between unity government leaders over the electronic National Identity Cards (e-NICs).

Lower house member Munawwar Shah Bahadur from western Herat province told today’s session: “The differences among government leaders over the e-NICs distribution is in no party’s interest and the enemies would get full advantage of the situation.”

He said the leadership rift would negatively impact the country’s overall situation.

His colleague from Badakhshan province Abdul Latif Padram said President Ashraf Ghani’s decision regarding the launch of e-NICs distribution amounted to “the declaration of war” and they would resist the move.

He said NICs were being distributed against the will of people and the exercise was deemed “imposing one tribe over others.”

He said NICs issuance should be launched in line with the law the Parliament had endorsed two years back -- not in compliance with a recently-approved presidential legislative decree.

Lower house speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi defended his participation in the e-NICs launch ceremony. “I went there and got my e-NIC in line with the law and no one has the right to criticize my decision and choice,” said Ibrahimi.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) opposed the President’s move to get the e-NIC and demanded the issue to be further discussed.

Social activist Bashir Bezan said the move might fracture the unity government and both sides needed to reach a consensus in this regard.

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