World should not fail in Afghanistan: opp
“Since the 9/11 incident in the US, the international community has been paying a special attention to Afghanistan and has injected billions of dollars into its economy and Afghans have also offered countless sacrifices during the past 12 years, but the desired results are yet to be achieved,” said Dr. Abdullah, the National Coalition leader.
The 12th anniversary of the incident that killed about 3000 people was marked in the US on Wednesday, with friends and loved ones reading names of the victims, observing moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.
They died when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa. in 2001 by the Al Qaeda terrorist network, prompting the then US president Gorge W Bush to declare a war on Afghanistan to depose the Taliban who had harbored the Al Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden.
“The big mistake at the time the international community committed was not listening to the real voices of Afghans and it was in contact with a specific group only,” said Abdullah.
The former foreign minister said the Afghan government had wasted a lot of opportunities to develop the country by not introducing proper policies.
He said the two-faced policies by some regional countries, especially Pakistan, toward the war on against terrorism had also been a reason the Afghan government failed to take advantage of those opportunities.
Despite enduring the 12-year-old war on terror and rendering countless sacrifices, the Afghans continued to face insecurity. He said no proper administration could be established to resolve people’s problems and address their concerns.
Meanwhile, the National Front chief Ahmad Zia Massoud called the international community’s mission in Afghanistan a failure, saying the community had pledged countering terrorism and rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, but did not fully honour the promise. “They are leaving the country with no infrastructure in place.”
He said the country’s security organs were yet to be properly formed. “We have no stable economy and international troops are leaving against the will of Afghans,” he said.
“If the world community abandons Afghans at this stage, it will mean they are failed in their mission,” he concluded.
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