Article On Afghan Taliban's Urdu-Language Website Counters Western Demands For Inclusive Government In Kabul: 'In The Form Of The Islamic Emirate, After 40 Years, The Afghan People Have A Central Government And A Centralized System'

November 2, 2022

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An article published by the Urdu-language website of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, i.e., the Afghan Taliban) counters the international community's demand that the Taliban establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan that includes representatives from all religious, linguistic, and ethnic communities, as well as representatives who are women.

The Islamic Emirate, which seized power in mid-August 2021, has been negotiating with the U.S. and other countries for its government to be recognized. However, due to the total ban on education of girls after Grade Six as well as the Taliban's failure to include members of minority communities in the government, many countries and even friendly nations such as Pakistan and Iran have yet to recognize the IEA government.

In this context, the IEA's Urdu-language website recently published an article titled, "Why Did The Experiments Of Broad-Based Governments Fail In Afghanistan?" Ustad Faridoon, the author of the article, argues that during the previous two governments led by Presidents Hamid Karzai and Dr. Ashraf Ghani, mafia men and warlords were appointed to government positions in the name of democratic representation. Unlike those so-called broad-based governments, the Taliban regime is committed to appointing meritorious individuals to important positions, the article says.

Given below is the text of the article:

"The World Is Currently Demanding A Broad-Based And Inclusive Government From The Islamic Emirate – This Simply Means That The Different Ethnic Groups, Linguistic Units, And Provinces Living Across Afghanistan Should Be Represented"

"[In the second week of October 2022]... Afghan youth started a Twitter trend on United Afghanistan [#UnitedAfghanistan]. On this occasion, pictures of the Islamic Emirate's leaders associated with different linguistic circles continued to circulate on Twitter. The fact is that except for the warlords and mafia circles of Afghanistan, all the people want to see Afghanistan united and as one nation. In the form of the Islamic Emirate, after 40 years, the Afghan people have a central government and a centralized system. Here the islands of power and the tyranny of personalities are gone.

"Here, 15-20 officials are changed on a farman [decree of the Afghan Taliban's] Emir-ul-Momineen and no voice of dissent is raised from anywhere. There is no insistence that so-and0so official should not be removed from office. No province and district is independent, autonomous, and exempted from the decree issued by the center. There is not a single person in the whole system about whom the Emir-ul-Momineen hesitates while making a decision, or hesitates about its consequences. This one example is enough to gauge the strength of the system and the obedience of the members. Such examples have been very rare in the past...

"The world is currently demanding a broad-based and inclusive government from the Islamic Emirate. This simply means that the different ethnic groups, linguistic units, and provinces living across Afghanistan should be represented and given a share in the government. Obviously, this demand will seem very reasonable to the world and close to the principles of democracy prevailing in the world. But such governments can never heal the wounds of Afghanistan. Twice in the history of Afghanistan, broad-based governments have been formed, and both times the results have been in the form of clans [gaining control of power] and [establishing] islands of power.

"The first regime was that of the jihadi organizations after the Russian withdrawal [in 1989] and the defeat of the communist administration, which left Afghanistan vulnerable to division and defeat. Take the examples of two major cities, Kabul and Kandahar, which were ruled by separate [armed] organizations and warlords who controlled separate areas and different highways. Linguistically, each region was ruled by its own rulers who were free from the control of the throne of Kabul. The power of the Arg (the presidential palace) was confined to its four walls. Personal militias, personal prisons, and personal courts were established by influential individuals. Even [warlord] Abdul Rashid Dostum issued his own currency notes.

"The second broad-based government was formed in the Bonn Conference in 2001. The interim broad-based government formed as a result of the same Bonn Conference set the roadmap for the dummy democratic governments to be formed under the American umbrella for the next twenty years. For the next 20 years, whether Mr. Hamid Karzai or Dr. Ashraf Ghani was the head of the government, the formula for forming the government remained almost the same. The results were: the islands of power [in the hands of a few individuals], the strength of the mafia, the lack of the central government's writ, extreme corruption, extreme poverty, inattention to the restoration of infrastructure, violation of basic human rights, and so on."

"The People In Afghanistan Who Have So Far Been Considered Representatives Of Their Linguistic Units And Ethnicities As Part Of The [Previous] Governments Were Not Public And Social Leaders; They Were Warlords, Thieves, And Leaders Of The Mafia"

"The question is, why have such broad-based governments failed, and why will this experiment fail again in the present circumstances? The reason is very clear. The people in Afghanistan who have so far been considered representatives of their linguistic units and ethnicities as part of the [previous] governments were not public and social leaders. They were warlords, thieves, and leaders of the mafia circles of these areas who never had any concern for the public and social problems. If you name each one [of these leaders] and think about the condition of the people of their area, then they could not give to their people a decent hospital, a decent school, a decent road, or a decent park.  

"However, they had multiple magnificent palaces in not one but in several cities. Their guesthouses, farmhouses, stables, and luxury vehicles are not below the standard of a big businessman of any Arab country. Looking at the lifestyle and resources of these people, it does not seem that they are the 'political' leaders of a poor country like Afghanistan. These warlords were those Afghans who collected and traded dollars, weapons, vehicles, and war equipment from the time of the Soviet invasion to the American invasion. Entire containers of weapons were shipped from the Americans to the black market with the same seal.

"They kept people away from the Islamic Emirate through linguistic and religious prejudices and through exaggerated propaganda against the Taliban. They put them in fear against the Taliban and kept them in their trap. They were made to believe that if the people do not become part of their armed militias and fight against the Taliban, then their identity will be erased. They were patronized by thieves and dacoits and delivered weapons to homes across Afghanistan. Even today, heavy weapons are being recovered from houses in Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, and Helmand. Armored and bulletproof vehicles, automatic weapons, and stockpiles of expensive American guns are being recovered from ordinary people's homes.

"The Islamic Emirate has so far conducted search operations in the above-mentioned four provinces; in the future this series [of search operations] will be spread in Khost and other provinces. It cannot be said with certainty that the areas where the operations have been carried out have been cleared of weapons. The people who made every house of Afghanistan an arms depot were declared people's representatives and made partakers in the government, which doubled their power day and night. All this happened but sadly it was given the name of democracy, humanity, and public representation."

"With The Arrival Of The Islamic Emirate [To Power In 2021], These Warlords And Mafias Have Been Eliminated; Every Citizen Of Afghanistan Is Equal Before The Law"

"With the arrival of the Islamic Emirate [to power in mid-August 2021], these warlords and mafias have been eliminated. Every citizen of Afghanistan is equal before the law. No one is powerful enough to show eyes to the system. Here, on a complaint, the provincial police chief and even the governor are taken as prisoners by the [Taliban] security agencies. The security forces search the governor's house and there is no problem in the system. The only solution to rid Afghanistan of crimes and atrocities is to establish a central and stable government.

"If we want to dream of education, social awareness, development, and a better economy in Afghanistan, then society must be free from oppression and crime. Sovereign and rebellious people must be removed from the middle... Criminal elements must be suppressed. Education, awareness, social respect, and love will develop, if we spend more time in a peaceful and calm environment. When the prejudice-inducing elements between different linguistic circles are eliminated, the country will take its natural course toward peace and prosperity.

"As far as the representation of different classes in the system is concerned, the solution is to bring forward intelligent, educated, knowledgeable, and aware people of every class, who are really entitled to be representatives, instead of failed and spent cartridges [i.e., warlords and mafia leaders]. The representation of the people should be taken from the hands of the warlords and given to the educated people.

"The Islamic Emirate is trying to create a system in which people from different regions and language should participate. This is a wrong impression that the Islamic Emirate wants to prove that our government is inclusive by recruiting people of different languages ​​from its own ranks into the system. The Minister of Industry and Trade Nuruddin Azizi, Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Hassan Ghayashi, Secretary of the Ministry of Economy Abdul Latif Nazari and Advisor to the Ministry of Water and Power Dr. Farooq Azam are such people who do not share the thoughts of the Islamic Emirate, nor they are from its ranks. Such people have been given posts only on the basis of their merit.

"Today, if Afghanistan is to be economically and intellectually developed, and peaceful, and stand with dignity among all nations, then all classes must be represented by educated, qualified, and honest people. By handing over Afghanistan once again to these mafias and warlords, we will give Afghanistan the future that Afghanistan has had in the last forty years.", October 13, 2022.

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