Afghans welcome call to freeze assets of corrupt ex-officials


Ctizens praised the proposal of the chargé d’affaires of the Afghanistan mission to the United Nations who called for the freezing of Afghan assets ille-gally transferred to the accounts of former govern-ment officials.

The citizens said that many former government officials were involved in corruption and that they are currently living a luxury life abroad while the country is struggling on the edge of catastrophe.

Talking to the UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, chargé d’affaires of Afghanistan’s mission at the United Nations, said that the former government officials involved in corruption must be held accountable.

“I would like to request freezing and confiscating of all Afghan assets illegally transferred to the ac-counts of former government officials who were involved in corruption and embezzlement of inter-national aid to the Afghan people,” he said.

“They must be held accountable and tried. It is not fair that 28 million people are starving and mothers sell their children to survive but these corrupt for-mer government officials live in luxurious houses and villas in different countries in Europe and the US,” he added.

He called on the international community to not grant asylum for former corrupt Afghan officials.

Political analysts also criticized the corrupt Afghan officials who fled the country after the fall of the Republican government.

“Today, while the Afghans are in the worst condi-tions and are need of support, these individuals are enjoying their life out of Afghanistan with the money they have stolen from the people of Afghani-stan,” said Sayed Ali Riza Mahmoodi, a political analyst.

Citizens speaking ro TOLOnews also demanded the assets of former corrupt Afghan officials be frozen.

“Those who have stolen the money of this poor nation, their assets must be frozen. The money doesn’t belong to them, it belongs to the Afghans,” said a Kabul resident.

The international donors have provided billions of dollars for the previous Afghan governments as part of their support for Afghanistan. Based on statistics, the US–which was the main supporter of Afghan economy–spent around $140 billion on reconstruc-tion in Afghanistan.

The Afghans expressed frustration over the massive amounts of embezzlement by previous government officials, saying that despite the flow of a great amount of aid, they are still living a difficult life.

Meanwhile, the United Nations is seeking to triple its Afghanistan-focused programs in light of the “various needs and circumstances” of the country.—Agencies


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