Afghanistan passing thru critical phases of history: Samoon
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is in the most challenging period of its latest history of last 13 years from political, social, economic and security perspectives, the Samoon Movement said in a statement released on Wednesday.
In a statement to Pajhwok Afghan News, the movement said at a time when there has been a drastic decrease in international community’s financial support, responsibility of state security has fully been taken over by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and general public is faced with a number of uncertainties about future of Afghanistan.
In this state of affairs, it said that it is important that the state leadership stand up to its responsibilities and face the challenges. The government needs to earn back public trust through delivery of quality public services and responding to the public needs, it stressed.
While the current situation expects strong leadership from the unity government, it said that the country is faced with instabilities. Assigning of executive leadership i.e. ministerial level took longer than expected and mid-level leadership is yet not deployed.
President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, the statement said have been engaged in wrangling on distribution of positions between them resulting in delays in assigning of ministers and deputy ministers.
It is happening at a time when both leaders of the country promised to have meritocracy as the only criterion for formulation of the cabinet creating a hope that qualified people would run the government.
However, the statement said it has been evident that instead of considering merit, both leaders are bringing in people based on political settlements and as such political compromises has been the bases for deployment of mid-level leadership.
Following a lengthy and patience testing process for the nation, it said that the distribution of deputy ministerial positions and political struggle for those is another phase of political tussle among the groups.
“Efforts are underway in order to terminate all currently serving deputy ministers and possibly directors in order to make way for candidates of political allies of the two state leaders,” the statement added.
As part of the process, even those individuals who have proven performance track record are planned to be sent home in order to create space for political appointments, it lamented.
It said that though the current situation has resulted in gains for certain groups, it has caused suffering for Afghanistan in different spheres.
The country, the statement noted is faced with a large number of security challenges, state economic growth is halted and nation is significantly frustrated. The country has observed a number of different but serious security incidents contributing to state instability and public frustration.
In the meantime, economic growth has been in decline from 3.4% of 2013 to 1.7% and industrial expansion has halved during the same period.
It noted that instances reveal that Afghanistan is on the backward movement and absence of social, political and economic vision leaves the country in a state of murky.
The current state of affairs, political wrangling in the ranks of government and political deals is unacceptable to the social and political groups of Afghanistan, it said, adding that after yearlong wait, politically aware and active individuals have to stand up against the given circumstances and assert pressure on the government leadership in order to put a stop to the political distribution of mid-level leadership, allowing meritocracy to flourish and maintaining qualified people on their positions in order to allow them continue their good job.
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