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Pharaoh Salman bin Abdel Aziz and Hustling “crown prince”,
Is it a joke? The answer is an ardent and earnest NO. Afghan election commission chief - Fazil Ahmad Manawi head of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) - says leaders of Taliban and several other militant groups can stand as candidates in Afghanistan’s next presidential election scheduled to be held on April 5, 2014!!!
Head of IEC - Mr. Fazil Ahmad Manawi - told the media: "We are even prepared to pave the ground for the armed opposition - be it the Taliban or Hezb-e-Islami (headed by militant Gulbuddin Hekmatyar) - to participate in the election - either as voters or candidates… There will be no discrimination."
The elections can be detrimental for Afghanistan's future as the NATO-led international forces will withdraw from the country by June 2014 after spending more than a decade in Afghanistan combating Islamist militants, particularly the former Afghan rulers, the Taliban. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called “war on terror”.
A coalition of international forces marched into Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. Eleven years later, many in Afghanistan and elsewhere are highly disappointed with the costly war.
The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, insecurity is rising across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops in Afghanistan.
President- Many experts say that President Karzai's government is corrupt and incompetent - who has been pushing for a negotiated settlement to the country's militancy, has set up a peace council tasked with brokering an end to the war with the Taliban.
The USA has reportedly spent over USD 1 trillion in taxpayer money on its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Some experts estimate indirect costs such as interest on the additional debt will exceed the direct costs.
Many Afghans complain about a societal regression and failures of the international community. In particular, the tense security situation is a key reason why many Afghans, like Akhtar Mohammad from the Taliban stronghold Kandahar, have lost much of their initial optimism and now reject the Afghan mission: "The warlords have the upper hand and many people feel excluded. The corrupt Afghan government and the various components belonging to it are also exerting a lot of brute force, which, in the polarized atmosphere, leads to many people to choose the Taliban as an option."
The United States blames the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network for launching attacks on international troops in Afghanistan from North Waziristan. Washington accuses the Haqqani network of sabotaging peace efforts in Afghanistan, and claims that the group is backed by the Pakistan spy agency, the Inter-Service Intelligence.
For a number of people, the euphoria that came with the collapse of the Taliban regime has dissipated. The withdrawal of NATO troops in 2014 leaves many wondering what will happen to the country that 11 years ago had looked to the future with so much optimism. As international troops gear up to leave Afghanistan, political negotiations are underway with parts of the Taliban to ensure “long-lasting peace and stability” (!!). However, they are moving at a very slow pace.
Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said that the talk of inviting the Taliban to run in elections was nothing new and that the same offer had been made to the militants in 2009. The Taliban, he said, had not accepted the offer. Ruttig hoped that this time, the Taliban would consider it. "I hope that the Taliban will realize that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict."
A new UN report said that the income of the Afghan Taliban has been on the rise since 2006. The report, which was released on Tuesday, said that most of this money has come through taxes and donations. The UN sanctions experts said in their report to the UN Security Council that out of the 310 million euros that the Islamist militants raised in the 12 months up to March this year, about 213 million euros went to the Taliban leadership, while 97 million euros were spent at the local level: "Estimates of Taliban income from contracts funded by the United States and other overseas donors range from 10 percent to 20 percent of the total, usually by the Taliban agreeing protection money with the contractor or demanding a cut." There are at least 14 provinces in Afghanistan where the Afghan government has no control. Similarly, in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas -- Islamabad or the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's provincial government's authority is too weak. The Taliban take advantage of this lawlessness. The United Nations experts suggested in their report that sanctions on Taliban leaders could be used as a bargaining chip with the militants to facilitate peace efforts in Afghanistan!!! The UN report said that imposing new sanctions on the Taliban leadership would not be an easy task in a country which shares almost un-policed borders with six nations -- where Kabul has no control in many provinces - and where less than seven percent of the population has a bank account. United Nation Experts agree that “NATO has to learn and understand the history of the Afghanistan conflict to find a solution to the country's problems. If not, they will only go from being the hunters to the hunted”. (GREAT STRATEGY!!)
Pharaoh Salman bin Abdel Aziz and Hustling “crown prince”,
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