During the past twelve years, this nation came across failures and successes. The past thirty four years have made us the worst victims of wars, violence, political instabilities, frail governance, and presence of politically bankrupt representatives in power houses—the parliament and the senate, many of whom are only predisposed to their own interests. The war-weary and peace-loving citizens are grateful for the relative peace and stability. Had there been good governance and rule of law during the past decade, today the situation would have been entirelydifferent. The areas that currently have degenerated into hell-holes would have been abodes to peace, but our political representatives are short of allocating time for public welfare. For instance, the Wolesi Jirga of the Parliament on Saturday failed to decide on the much-delayed anti-money-laundering law that deals with the issue of concealing the origins of illegally obtained money, by means of transfer and retransfer involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses. It is all because of incomplete quorum and perpetual absenteeism. Why incomplete quorum when MPs have officialvacations or break in the winter? Why are they so much unconcerned about making key decisions that could change the collective destiny of this troubled nation? Why there have been no emergency sessions and meetings of lawmakers in place when natural disasters hit us. More than 100 people have reportedly died in flashfloods in the northern Baghlan’s Guzargah-e-Noor district. Beside human casualties, thousands of people have been left homeless. When a deadliest landslide had hit the Badakhshan province – where an entire village was completely erased from the map of the country – some of our political representatives went there with a red carpet welcome and smiling faces instead of grief over their foreheads. What does it show? It shows that our leaders have become politically, intellectually and morally corrupt. In recent years, much has been written and said about governance and ever-galloping corruption. Nevertheless, it has made little difference, because of susceptible policies of the government. Had the government adopted zero tolerance policy against corruption, the nation would have taken a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, corruption is thriving and the government is just banking upon mere lip service. Changes will come, but given the pace of good governance, accountability, democracy, rule of law, and fight against corruption, it will take longer. By then, corruption would have become a hallmark of our society. Therefore, efforts should be started from now on to end the menace and to think about how to develop rule of law and good governance and to make our political representatives accountable before the public, who voted for them for these things. Regrettably, when they reach power centers, they forget the promises they made to the general public. A widely held notion among Afghans suggests that the democratic setup seems to have spread corruption. But for journalists and intellectuals it is a matter of both focus and perception whether corruption intrinsically is related to any form of government more than another or it’s because of susceptibility and compromises made by democratic governments? Checking the growth of corruption and unaccountability of those who called to the public servants and political representatives is the duty of the government. It is an augmentation for democracy, but the question is how it will be possible in a country like ours, grappling with a plethora of crises. How our miseries will end when our political leaders have little time or no time at all, for making policies, framing regulations and laws to tame corruption, to fight money laundering, address natural disasters and calamities and to shape foreign policies that could place us among respected nations of the world? Will there be an end to our miseries? Will this nation ever see the dawn of peace and change, given that our leaders are totally unconcerned over what is happening in this country, and how they are affecting the general public.

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