'Government Commissions Only Symbolic' – Critics

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The Afghan government was deceiving the people by appointing commissions to investigate serious issues, critics have alleged.

None of the commissions have to date produced the required outcomes, they added.

“From Hamid Karzai’s government to date, no commission has produced a good result. They only waste time and deceive the people,” said Jawed Kohistani, analyst in military affairs.

He was one of the critics who on Sunday took issue with the lack of results by commissions assigned by President Ashraf Ghani to investigate major incidents. They said the same was likely to happen with investigations into Thursday’s attack on a police convoy in Kabul that left dozens killed and wounded.

Commenting on activities of the commissions, political commentator Ahmad Saeedi said the commissions “mislead the people; none of the commissions have been fruitful so far.”

Some of the commissions slammed by the critics include those investigating the fall of Kunduz city to Taliban, the attack on the VIP protection unit in Kabul, now the attack on police recruits, among others.

Neither the Presidential Palace nor the Interior Ministry have provided specific information about commissions tasked to investigate security incidents.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has however said it would thoroughly investigate the attack on Thursday attack fully.

“The commission, tasked by the president, is working seriously and will finish its work tomorrow (Monday) and will make public its report,” said MoI spokesman Sediq Seddiqi.

President Ghani’s deputy spokesman Shahussain Murtazawi said “the government tasks a commission after every event or incident. It then takes legal and practical decisions based on the findings, assessments and research done by the commissions.”

Despite the practice by the government to task commissions for assessing a number of particular events, analysts continue to doubt the efficacy and transparency in work of the commissions.

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