The New-born Afghanistan after the Fall of the Taliban

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After the collapse of Taliban regime in late 2001 – there was a hope for a better and stable Afghanistan. People were cherishing their hope that the Karzai’s administration would offer permanent peace and stability under the slogan of so-called democracy.

The nation was tired of the persistent bloodshed and violation of human rights under Taliban’s Sharia-law. All was important to live a peaceful life with access to proper education, health care facilities, and equal rights for all. And more importantly, a stable and peaceful Afghanistan that the people would no longer leave as a result of insecurity, poverty and discrimination.

However, the Karzai administration prepared the basic infrastructures and did run a system which was mostly criticized by U.S government and its allied supporters for the mass corruption going on under his administration seriously undermining efforts to sustain peace and stability.

The situation was improving day-by-day since late 2002. Everyone was happy and the investments on reconstruction and other fields have increased to some extent. Children enrolled to schools, renowned universities were established and health care facilities restarted their services across the country. Buildings and supper markets were queued to get reshaped. Dozens of international humanitarian organizations reached into provinces initiating development programs – providing other humanitarian assistance to cover most powerless and excluded communities going through more suffering circumstances.

So, the national and international organizations reestablished their contribution and reached dozens of remote areas with their packs of food, cloths, books, pens and plans to facilitate communities, educate their children and prepare the ground to restore their broken infrastructures – improving their livestock and agricultural productivity.
Indeed, these all happened and brought considerable changes during the last 16-years.

But the worsening security situation and mass currents of corruption kept causing evils -undermining their humanitarian operations and other productive assistance.

The concern over the insecurity situation was getting alarming and so does it now. The white flags which were down for some period of time started to raise again in some parts of the country. But this time more strongly in cooperation with another most dangerous group called Daesh.

Local people started complaining about their presence with their same books of Sharia-law in their bags – walking down to the villages – establishing their sharia-law over the land disputes in local and tribal residents where they have been offered place to stay and food to eat.

The presence of Taliban started to worry Karzai’s administration including the U.S and its allied forces on the ground. But instead of taking comprehensive steps to tackle those paralyzing issues, were bypassed with ifs and buts since the concerned departments were steeped in corruption afraid of losing their sets and positions.

On the other hand, the Karzai’s government in Kabul has focused on a policy of co-opting several of these war-lords appointing them as governors and police chiefs, strengthening the critical attitude in the population. Even worse, both the U.S and Kabul have quietly accepted that several of these have continued their involvement in illegal economic activities like narcotics.

The facts have been ignored every time the concerned institutions and the world at large have raised their questions over the mass flow of corruption and the lack of transparency. It was then, when the situations for all got worst and their control over the matters got out of balance. It continued getting worst with the passage of time until the insurgents launched their several deadly attacks in the heart of the capital Kabul on foreign conveys, and other government bodies including the war-torn civilians. While on the backside of the scene, the release of most wanted members of the Taliban being captured during the battle by devoting most prominent soldiers on the ground, rung the bill for another threats and corruption.

His government was almost paralyzed when the presidential election was organized in the mid to the withdrawal of the U.S and its allied forces from the country.

The presidential campaigns were all on their ways. The candidates were working on their slogans to win the hearts and minds of the people to gain the power irrespective of their sufferings and painful wounds being caused by the previous government.

It has been almost two-years, since Ashraf Ghani came to power, following a disputed poll overshadowed by fraud and accuses that only ended when he and his electoral rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to form a national unity government. The agreement signed after much political insecurity was rocking the lives of ordinary citizens, sending crime, and unemployment rates soaring, along with fears of intensifying violence and a resurgent Taliban. Their mess stimulated anxiety among many people who had hoped for change now feel disregarded.

The toll to civilian’s causalities has increased compared to previous years. Most peaceful provinces are likely controlled by the insurgents. Unemployment rate with insecurity, corruption and poverty are looming in the lives of individuals. National and international organizations are withdrawing from their developing areas. Funding affiliates have decreased their support due to high rate of corruption and fraud to the extent possible.

The international community along with the U.S who were the main funding affiliates have lost their trust over the government. Now, this is where both the government and this war-torn people are left where they have just begun in late 2002.

Everyone is quite over the victory of Taliban insurgents and its allied terrorist groups operating across the country. The officials try to convince the citizens of Afghan Security Force’s capabilities to secure the state and defeat the Taliban, in spite of a tense security situation and extreme rise in violence against civilians! People are in mass flee – disappointed of his broken and most corrupt government which ranked the third most corrupt country survey done by Transparency International.

The capacity of Afghan government and the extension of effective governance and rule of law have been limited by multiple factors. Mainly the flow of widespread corruption, worsening security situation, unemployment and looming poverty. These are all his achievement so far since he has owned this inherited leadership.

Some have been so upsat over the recent video appeared on social media where two young participants in London conference during president Ashraf Grant’s speech call him a liar and a promise broker.

Accepting the fact, this is what the world at large calls him a lair in a sense too directly. When the world after a full assessment and careful consideration finds Afghanistan to be one of the most corrupt countries, it means he is a lair. He lied not only to his people but to the world at large. He has broken his promises during national and international gathering debating about the flow of corruption and other matters. His losses and broken promises undermine his credibility, his transparency and accountability. This is the ground reality that has been debated over in huge international gatherings not only in national levels.

When Mr. Cameron describing Afghanistan ‘fantastically corrupt’, he gently accepts the fact with big smile. In response he adds that no apology is needed from Cameron for describing Afghanistan fantastically corrupt!

About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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