President Ashraf Ghani’s recent remarks about his predecessor Hamid Karzai and his rival in presidential race Abdullah Abdullah for not boasting any conclusive plans for Afghanistan and the peace process has set off a flurry of criticism in Kabul.
In an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the President said the former President Hamid Karzai and the incumbent Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah had no basic ‘plan’ for Afghanistan and its peace process, rather flaunting his own administration’s peace plan – fawning at persuading the main stakeholders including the United States and the Taliban to ponder ceasefire before hammering a peace agreement.
Parliament members and political affairs analysts argue that President Ghani wants to hide his government’s shortcomings and failures with such statements.
Speaker of the House Sher Mohammad Akhundzada said Ashraf Ghani’s dissatisfaction with his government had increased, and now he wants to hide the failure of his government with such remarks by blaming others.
Analysts believe many government ministries have been run by acting ministers over the past five years due to floppy policies; more than half of Afghanistan’s territory has fallen out of government’s hand to the insurgent clutches, and thousands of young people have become unemployed and fled to foreign countries.
Ashraf Ghani’s comments have sparked reactions on social media as well, which brand the era of the national unity government as the darkest period in Afghanistan’s history.
Some social media users said that because of the wrong policies of the National Unity Government, new terrorist groups in Afghanistan have emerged and more than 50,000 soldiers have been killed in just five years.