Another Positive Step for the Reduction of Civilian Casualties
01 July 2016
By Zabihullah Mujahid
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – despite grappling with the foreign
occupation of Afghanistan and campaigning against their internal regime
forces, and despite having limited resources compared to the Kabul regime –
yet has never neglected the needs of our war-torn people and our social
In order to cater for our nation's civil and criminal disputes, the Islamic
Emirate has established an effective judiciary system with a three-tier court
system comprising of District Courts, Court of Appeal and a Supreme Court.
These courts have gone a long way in resolving civil and criminal disputes
across the nation and have contributed towards the social and civil stability
of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate's judiciary has helped ordinary Afghans
resolve their dispute without resorting to the corrupt and bribery-ridden
courts of Kabul regime.
Similarly the Islamic Emirate has set out to reduce the poverty plaguing our
nation by establishing an independent Commission that provides monetary and
non-monetary support to the poor and vulnerable people across the country.
Previous Ramadan the above Commission distributed ten million Afghanis worth
of food produce to over 10,000 families across the nation.
Due to the result of wars, traffic incidents and natural disasters, we are
facing a high civilian casualty rate. In order to reduce this loss the Islamic
Emirate has established a Commission for the Prevention of Civilian Casualties
which takes great pains to reduce civilian casualties and prevent their
The highest contributor to civilian casualties following those resulting from
aerial bombardment and use of heavy and indiscriminate weaponry is traffic
incidents. A few days ago the Islamic Emirate's above-named Commission met
with the representatives of Afghanistan's major transport companies and
proposed new guidelines that has the potential of greatly reducing the
casualty rate resulting from traffic incidents.
This proposed guideline contains eleven articles which were discussed with the
owners of transport companies. The plenipotentiaries expressed satisfaction
with the rules contained therein and consensually adopted these guidelines for
informing their future conduct. For example one article of the guideline
pertains to drivers of transport vehicles. It stipulates that drivers must be
familiar with traffic rules and bring proper documents verifying their
soundness for the job. Drivers of transport companies should not be someone
that consumes alcohol or other behavior-changing drugs. They should pay heed
to the needs of their passengers yet not drive recklessly or dangerously.
Drivers should take care to observe the religious needs of their passengers.
They should not overcharge passengers. And other such matters.
The said Commission and the representatives of the transport owners issued a
statement supporting the guidelines and expressed hope that the new guidelines
will help in reducing traffic casualties. This statement also announces speed
limits for transport vehicles, the estimated times for reaching major
destinations and other such matters. This statement was jointly signed by all
This piece provided a brief glimpse at some of recent activities of the
Islamic Emirate for the improvement of our quality of lives and to prevent the
unnecessary loss of civilian lives