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Govt’s constitutional violations be controlled: MPs

Govt’s constitutional violations be controlled: MPs

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Jan 04, 2020 - 18:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Second vice-president Sarwar Danish on Saturday said the Afghanistaninfo-icon constitution was Sharia-based and also needed reforms, while some lawmakers accused the government of violating most parts of the supreme law.

Danish, addressing a gathering marking the 16th anniversary of the constitution here, said the Talibaninfo-icon had asked for amendments to the constitution because they believed it was not based on Sharia.

“This claim of the Taliban is baseless and unacceptable because Islamic scholars had discussed every article of the constitution before it was approved”, he said.

“Emirate, Khilafat and other groups are only titles, not political systems, and currently most of the states in the worldinfo-icon stand on three pillars the executive, legislative and judiciary led by a president”, he said.

However, Danish said only those parts of the law should be amended which were ambiguous or not compatible with the demands of the time.

Mohammad Qasim Hashimzada, head of Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC) who was also present in the program, said that a state required discipline and Constitution if it wanted to be in peace.

“Seeking peace without respecting the constitution should not be acceptable and the constitution should be implemented for ensuring peace, he said.

Violations of the constitution

Some members of the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house say that most articles of the constitution have been violated by all the three pillars, particularly the executive branch.

Ghulam Hussain Naseri, a lawmaker from Kabul, told today’s session of the Wolesi Jirga that 62 percent of the constitution had been violated by the three pillars of the state.

He asked the administrative board of the house and other lawmakers to work for enforcement of the law and prevent its violation.

Fatima, a lawmaker from Kunduz province, said, “The executive pillar has mostly violated the constitution. Injustice and discrimination between people is also a violation of the constitution, I hope the new establishment would respect the constitution.”

A number of other members of the house held similar views.

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