Addressing a ceremony on the 29th anniversary of the Soviet’s withdrawal, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said government should not create problems among the people by issuing decrees which contravene the will of the people.
“In this critical situation, a non-calculated word and a non-calculated move against the people can create a big challenge. We should not try to go from crisis to crisis. If anyone thinks that by creating a crisis we can hide our mistakes, it is a big mistake,” he said.
President Ashraf Ghani, First Lady Rula Ghani, and Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Friday were among the first to apply for electronic national identity cards. This move was both opposed and supported by many.
Danish meanwhile said the move by government was taken based on the Constitution and that it is in favor of Afghans.
“I want the leaders of the National Unity Government, political streams, critics to obey the constitution and all its articles even in conditions of war and count it as their red line,” he said.
The decision to roll out the new identity cards was met with mixed reaction from some MPs and political parties.
“Unilateral decisions will plunge the country into a crisis and this is not good,” said Waqif Hakimi, a member of Jamiat-e-Islami’s leadership council.
“Now it is the time that we should put away our political disagreements and move forward for unity,” MP Gulpacha Majidi said.
The electronic national identity card department has stepped up its efforts to roll out the cards.
“The number of people requesting e-NICs has increased and we have increased our work teams in the presidential palace to register the people who want e-NIC,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, spokesman of the office.