The former Presidential envoy for good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud has warned that the distribution of the electronic National Identity Cards will spark ethnic tensions among the people.
Massoud made the remarks during a gathering amid ongoing controversies regarding the preliminary launch of the process for the distribution of the electronic National Identity Cards.
He called the move by the government as a major corrupt step aimed at sparking tensions among the different tribes and ethnicities of the country.
Massoud called on Afghans to stand against the government and ignore the electronic National Identity Cards which are due to be issued as per the amended census law.
This comes as a joint parliamentary commission approved a presidential decree to pave the way for the start of the process late in December last year.
The decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was issued to modify the controversial article#6 of the census law which prevented the launch of electronic national identity cards distribution since a long period of time.
The decree stated that the nationality of the ID card holders should be mentioned as Afghan while the religion should also be reflected in the card as Islam.