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Deepening High Political Rifts in Afghanistan – A Cause for Concern

Published Jan 23, 2020
Updated Feb 24, 2020

Ghani, Abdullah and Karzai differences on peace process and intra Afghan talks, delayed outcome come of Presidential elections a challenge for stability ahead.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaking at a side event of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland criticized Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah Abdulla and former Afghn President Hamid Karzai for not having any written plans for the Afghanistan future and peace process.

“I am busying working with the public, people trust me, I have plans which I am working on them”, Ghani said. “What’s the plan of President Karzai and CEO Abdullah? Please show me at least one page written plan of them for the country”, he added as per the Khaama Press

Airing differences is evidence of a deep rift as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani made remarks against his rivals at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland technically on internal issues that were related to the leadership of the CEO Dr Abdullah and former President Hamid Karzai.

The current battle in the country in the political sphere appears to be in two spheres the Presidential elections and the influence in shaping the intra Afghan talks.

President has indicated that he has a peace plan but his opponents do not have one and have not been able to articulate a clear proposal thus attempting to impress the international audience with his ability to shape the post Taliban US talks political environment in the country.

President Ghani also criticized the Taliban for neglecting the fighters on the ground who wanted to live in peace but the top leadership was busy in enjoying the perks

“If the Taliban are not ready to stop violence, I will not allow them to return to power misusing peace negotiation opportunities with the United States”, Afghan President warned the Taliban.

Given the deepening rift in the top leaders in the country and the poor will as well as capacity Ashraf Ghani to build consensus amongst the top leaders internally possibility of holding smooth intra Afghan talks and stability beyond appears grim

While allegations of fraud during voting in the Presidential elections may imply that the outcome is unlikely to be accepted by the main contestants – Ghani and Abdullah.