Political fissures in Kabul

AFGHAN National Unity Government has been in shambles from the very beginning but events of the last week have exposed its weaknesses further, sending dismaying signals to Afghan people as well as to the international community. The parliament, after four days of debate, impeached seven ministers of Ashraf Ghani Government on the plea that they could not spend the allocated funds for their ministries but analysts say deep ethnic and political divisions and differences were at work.
According to original scheme of things the Unity Government was supposed to dedicate itself to political consensus, commitment to reforms, and cooperative decision-making and that it will fulfil the aspirations of the Afghan public for peace, stability, security, rule of law, justice, economic growth and delivery of services, with particular attention to women, youth, Ulema and vulnerable people. However, at the end of the two years of its rule, the Unity Government has miserably failed on almost all accounts mainly because of the faulty political marriage arranged under pressure of the United States. We have been pointing out in these columns that Pushtoons being an overwhelming majority should have their due share in power in Afghanistan and attempts to deny them their share by considering almost all of them as Taliban would not be fair and not in the interest of stability and durable peace in the war-torn country. A genuine arrangement, truly reflective of the will of the Afghan people, would have, apart from concentrating on security challenge, given ample time and energy to fundamental problems of poverty, unemployment and lack of basic facilities for people. However, this has not happened as most of the time has been consumed in infighting between the camps of President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. Apart from public criticism of Ghani by some of his key advisors, Abdullah himself termed Ghani as ‘unfit to rule’ in August this year. First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum accused the President of controlling too much power and accused members of Ghani’s National Security Council of plotting to kill him. Atta Mohammad Noor of Jamiat-i-Islami, an ethnic Tajik, is pressuring Ghani for 50% share in power. Under these circumstances, both Ghani and Abdullah are trying to seek refuge behind Pakistan-bashing despite the fact that Islamabad has been extending every possible cooperation in restoring peace. President Ghani should better put his own house in order than to hide his failures at the cost of relations with Pakistan.

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