As the trend of presenting platforms to the MPs continues in order to win a vote of confidence from the House of Representatives, four more minister-designates on Sunday appeared before the lawmakers to convince them of their eligibility.
Nominated by CEO Abdullah Abdullah for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi began his agenda with a promise to resolve the issues of Afghan refugees, mainly in Pakistan and Iran.
Fighting against corruption was one of his top priorities, Balkhi said, adding he would work on his ministry’s capacity building if he won the seat.
“I have drafted a six-article program to solve the problems of our refugees,” the former lawmaker assured.
As the number of Afghan refugees across the globe has reached about 7 million, Balkhi promised to the House members to strive for the refugees’ repatriation.
This comes as more than 2,000 Afghan refugees have been arrested these days in Pakistan after the country decided to expel all (about 1.6 million) Afghan refugees following a terrorist attack on a School in its Peshawar City.
“If I win a confidence vote, I will solve all the issues of Afghan refugees in Pakistan,” Balkhi assured the lawmakers.
The next cabinet nominee to present his agenda was Sardar Mohammad Rahimi, nominated for the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, the youngest nominee introduced by Abdullah, said the country’s trade and industry sectors were in the “state of emergency.”
Saying that he was all aware about the ministry’s situation, Rahimi promised to fight the tragedy of corruption to a large scale. He complained that the government has been unable to so far to take control of the country’s markets.
He stressed the need for people’s collaboration in rescuing the country’s dire economic situation.
Announcing to ban import of low-quality goods if he won a vote of confidence, the Ph.D. holder assured to support the country’s industries in order to increase export of domestic products.
Touching on women’s role in business, Rahimi promised to highly appreciate women’s participation in the business sector.
When the turn came to one of female cabinet nominees, Khatera Afghan, Ghani’s pickup for the Ministry of Higher Education, she promised to built more dormitories and provide the students with required educational materials.
Pointing out the significant achievements made over the past 13 years, Afghan stressed that the education sector still needed earnest attention of the government.
Shortages of scholarships and the problems in the classic Kankor tests, the university entry tests, were the areas where she promised to bring notable improvement.
The last minister-designate to present his platform was Sardar Mohammad Rahman Oghli, Abdullah’s nominee for the Ministry of Economy, who also mentioned fight against corruption as one of his main tasks if won the seat.
“If I win a vote of confidence, I will not allow any project to be implemented without the approval of the ministry,” Oghli said, adding that the so far achievements were not sufficient in respect to the country’s demands.
Saying that the economic growth of the country had been dependent on foreign aid, Oghli concluded with a promise to focus mainly on domestic revenue.
However, during the presentation of platforms, some of the MPs were found reluctant to listen to the ministerial nominees while others left the House during the session.
Regarding the reluctance of MPs, some lawmakers have claimed that a number of their fellows have received bribe from the nominees to approve their nomination.
“As far as I know, bribing has taken place among House members where MPs have already been paid,” claimed Abbas Ibrahimzada, member of the House of Representatives.
For the next few days, the MPs will continue listening to the platforms of all nominees before voting in favor or against the new cabinet.