Peace impossible sans world pressure on Pakistan: Massoud
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former presidential advisor on Saturday blamed Afghanistan’s deteriorated security situation and a number of other internal problems on meddling into its affairs by neighbouring countries.
Shahzada Massoud, who was advisor to former president Hamid Karzai on tribal affairs, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that Afghanistan’s military, political and economic situations were not good amid a recent spike in insecurities and clashes.
He said Afghanistan’s situation turned from bad to worse as a result of clear interferences by neighbouring countries and further worsened due to a number of problems at home.
Massoud said differences over national issues had contributed well to the deteriorated situation of the country.
About the peace process, he said the foundation of this process had not been laid properly because those with enough experience and sincerity to work for peace were denied membership of the High Peace Council.
Massoud, the incumbent head of the Jihadi Council in central Logar province, said the HPC had failed to produce any results and had no achievement so far.
Also head of the Maseed and Wazir tribal council, Massoud said peace could not be achieved in the absence of a strong national will and until intellectuals were involved.
The Afghan government and the Taliban held their first formal peace talks near the Pakistani capital Islamabad on July 7 but the second round was postponed after the announced death of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Muhammad Omar.
Shahzada Massoud said that President Ashraf Ghani’s stance on Pakistan was the voice of the entire nation he raised and the whole nation supported his notion. He believed until international powers mounted pressure on Pakistan, Islamabad would not stop meddling in Afghanistan and in this regard, the United States, China, Saudi Arabia and other American allies could play a key role.
“Pakistan has always pursued a dual-faced policy and has special demands which are illigimate and unacceptable to Afghanistan,” Massoud said.
He also expressed his concern about the weak economic situation of the country and said economic problems had undermined the government’s system.
He said the president should have attracted huge international assistance during the last one year, something that did not happen and as a result, hundreds of people were leaving the country due to joblessness and a deteriorated economic condition. Massoud said the devaluation of the afghani had resulted in increased commodity prices and widened the gap between the government and the people.
About the formation of the unity government after last year’s disputed presidential election, Massoud said the unity government had come into being against people’s expectations.
He said the United States wanted a week government in Afghanistan in order to protect its own interests. “The people accepted this government for the sake of national interests, but the government did not prove a successful formula to heal the nation’s wounds,” he said.
He said “the real unity government” was under former president Hamid Karzai as the regime represented all sections of the Afghanistan’s society.
He said Karzai headed a real unity government because it brought together all Afghans under the same roof. He urged the former president to continue playing his role as a statesman to resolve the country’s problems and steer the nation out of the critical juncture.
Massoud said every democratic government had an opposition that used to crticise the government’s wrong deeds and appreciate its positive activities and such an opposition should be created in Afghanistan under the leadership of a national leader.
He said opposition did not mean to accept government’s privileges and call its opposition. He believed unity among tribes and the nation could help improve the country’s situation and Afghanistan salvation lied in unity.
Praising the national security forces, he said the Afghan forces had rendered countless sacrifices and the Afghans should strongly support them.
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