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Graft allegations against Balkhi irks Canadian Embassy

Graft allegations against Balkhi irks Canadian Embassy

Apr 17, 2017 - 23:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Canada’s Embassy in Kabul on Monday expressed concern over corruption allegations against the Afghan educationinfo-icon minister.

About four months back, an audio clip showing the minister and some other officials of the Ministry of Education (MoE) went viral on Facebook.

In the audio recording, Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkh is allegedly asking other individuals “how to achieve $18,000 from a project of the MoE.”

An individual, who is said to be MoE’s capacity building programme in-charge, is heard in the clip expressing concern over submitting a high expenditure report.

“If an audit team investigated the report what will happen?,” the official told the minister who assured him of controlling everything.

However, the Canadian Embassy in Kabul in an email to the MoE had asked it to clearly respond to and clarify the allegations.

In the email, a copy of which is available with Pajhwok Afghan News, the Embassy has asked the ministry if it or the Afghan government has taken any step regarding the allegations or the minister and in-charge of the programme has been interrogated so far?

The embassy also asked the ministry if it had made any schedule to clarify the issue and if any corruption investigating body or the Presidential Palace were aware of it?

However, MoE spokesman Kabir Haqmal said he had replied to the Canada Embassy’s email and its concerns had been addressed.

But the Embassy said the concerns remained and the Afghan authorities had done nothing in this regard.


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