Ghani Calls “Holy War” Against Corruption

Ghani Calls “Holy War” Against CorruptionGhani Calls “Holy War” Against Corruption

Afghanistan’s president called for a “holy war” against corruption on Tuesday, one of the major problems facing his war-torn country as he is struggling to improve its economy and create jobs.

Ashraf Ghani, who has been in power for almost a year, described corruption as a “cancerous lesion” threatening the survival of the state, AP reported.

Speaking at a Kabul high school, he said graft in government contracts, land grabbing and narcotic production and trafficking are major problems. He said education is key to ending corruption.

Ghani said the government is investing in agriculture as a majority of Afghanistan’s people live off the land. He said Afghanistan should be known as an exporter of legitimate products.

Transparency International consistently ranks Afghanistan among the world’s most corrupt countries. Most of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan.

Meanwhile Tuesday, gunmen in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan Province shot and killed Munawar Shah, a provincial chief military attorney, said Jawed Basharat, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Basharat said the gunmen shot Shah in the head from close range in Puli Khumri, the provincial capital.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but recently the Taliban have stepped up their attacks on Afghan security forces and government officials across the country.

The militant group is blamed for around 70% of civilian deaths and injuries in the first six months of 2015, according to UN, largely through their continued use of suicide attacks and improvised explosive devices.