Published On: Thu, Aug 24th, 2017

Why and until When Afghans Will Be Left Out in all Afghans’ Related Decisions?

A portrait of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan; photographed at “The Arg” or Presidental Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Nov. 16, 2015

By Tajmeer Durrani

It is an obvious reality that both the international community and the regional player do not see and do not consider Afghans as a valuable partner and most often they ignore them and leave them out from all Afghanistan related decisions and treat them as they don’t exist at all.  The current US policy renovation was a good example as they did not consulted Afghans in this case at all.

What impact this have had in the past is one issue, which is worth of looking into it.  One can easily see, when Afghans were not included in any discussion, the results were always devastating and a failure.  But this is not the subject here.  What we are trying to find out the reasons behind this disvalued status of the Afghans in their own country maters.

Of course a major reason used may be that both side of the war claim that they are Afghans.  Which could be used as an argument, who should be included and how should be excluded.  On the other hand, the government of Afghanistan by itself is not a well cohesive entity either.  Many of high level government authorities, including the public elected representatives are working against the government itself, which makes the issue of representation hard.  In addition to that, all the inflated conflicts among the tribes creates another challenge as well. The general public on the other hand is also so divided that no one and none of the political party can really represent even a fraction of the general public as well.  These factors jointly create this scenario that Afghans are losing its place in many important decisions made about them.

Though many Afghans have their own reservations about politics and political parties in Afghanistan. However, the following are a few better realities one must accept. First of all, none of the current political parties in Afghanistan is a legitimate political party.  It is the responsibilities of the Afghan government, especially the Ministry of Justice, to use the criteria already established, evaluate these parties against that and denounce any one that doesn’t meet these requirements.  The big one will be their financial resources.   Second, none of the current groups and parties claiming themselves as Nationalist Party in Afghanistan, is a real nationalistic party neither a real political party as well.

Therefore, there is a vital need for establishing a new, real Nationalist Political Party (Mili Hizb) in Afghanistan.  It is the responsibility of all those Afghans who consider themselves as nationalist (Watan pall), and blaming other politicians for their mistakes, to step forward, create a National Agenda, get united around that national agenda and establish a strong new political party based on that national agenda which can meaningfully unite Afghans across the nation and across the tribes, etc.; and create a hope for the future of Afghanistan in the hearts and minds of Afghans.   Such a national agenda will bring us united and give as a voice as a representing entity for our country and our people.  At the same time, it will give us the power we need to hold our government liable and accountable.  If the government is doing well for the people, this party can become a valuable supporter for that government, and if the government is not doing well in serving the public, this party can become a strong voice and a valuable pressure point forcing the government to do the right things for the people.  In such a case, the voice of this party can also be respected and considered by the regional and international powers as well.

 

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