Friday, November 14, 2014

ABP- "Masters of Corruption"

General John Allen, a former commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) once said that corruption is the top threat in Afghanistan; that in comparison, the Taliban are "an annoyance". The Afghan government has difficulty in generating revenue to provide services, pay its police and soldiers, and run the government. If the corruption at the borders would subside a bit then more money would be available. Unfortunately most of the revenue that the border crossings generate does not go to the government but into the hands of corrupt provincial governors and police officials. One of the most corrupt organizations within the Ministry of Interior is the Afghan Border Police or ABP. The ABP maintains security and work with the corrupt customs officials to facilitate the activities at the border crossings. Read more in "At Afghan Border, Graft Is Part of the Bargain", The New York Times, November 11, 2014.

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