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Danish’s Ahmad Shah Baba remarks draw flak

Danish’s Ahmad Shah Baba remarks draw flak

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Sep 21, 2020 - 17:01

KABUL (Pajhwok): Second vice President Sarwar Danish on Sunday insulted Afghanistan founder Ahmad Shah Baba in front of President Ashraf Ghani, triggering widespread criticism in social media.

Sarwar Danish along with President Ghani traveled to central Bamyan province and made the controversial remarks in a gathering on Sunday.

Commenting on Taliban’s Emirate, Danish said: “The Taliban regime was not different in spirit and content from the Sadozai and Mohammadzai kingdoms that ruled Afghanistan for more than 230 years.”

According to him, in the same regimes, a small group of tribes ruled Afghanistan by inheritance and dictatorship, while in the emirate system, the fate of a nation was held captive without a constitution. The emirate system was unlimited and absolutely above the law.

Ahmad Shah Baba (c. 1722 – 4 June 1772) also known as Ahmad Khān Abdālī (was the founder of the Durrani Empire and is regarded as the founder of the modern state of Afghanistan. In July 1747, Ahmad Shah was appointed as the King of Afghanistan by a loya jirga in Kandahar, where he set up his capital and assisted by a council of nine advisers from various Afghan tribes.

Abdul Rashid Auybi, a senior advisor to President Ghani, wrote that Sarwar Danish made the remarks at a time when intra-Afghan talks were underway and when the entire nation needed unity.

He said the second vice-president should not have made such irresponsible, unnecessary and poisonous remarks in such a sensitive situation.

Former Information and Culture Minister Karim Khuram tweeted, “Sarwar Danish plays a passive role in the government, that’s why he has been ignored by Hazara community.”

He said Danish was insulting world known faces to gain support of his tribal but it would not benefit him.

Kabir Haqmal, a Facebook user, wrote, “In this terrible situation of the country, ideological statements should not be made, people are being killed, the country is on the verge of collapse and Sarwar Danish is rejecting the leaders of the country.”

He added that the Afghans had been not able to reach out to their martyrs, wounded, widows and orphans and Sarwar Danish was making baseless judgments.

Bashir Ghafarzai also criticized Sarwar Danish on remarks about the great Ahmad Shah Baba, saying he had insulted most of Afghanistan’s kings, including Ahmad Shah Baba, thus he should apologize to the nation.

Another person, Qudratullah Badloon, wrote on Facebook that Sarwar Danish had insulted the honor, dignity and history of a great nation.

Political analyst NajibNangyal also criticized Danish for calling all rulers from Ahmad Shah Baba to Daud Khan as dictators and governments as tribal kingdoms.

He added: “It is a shame that Ghani was sitting and his aides were uttering such nonsense, Ahmad Shah Baba laid the foundation of modern Afghanistan and people of different languages, ethnicities and religions were part of his government.”

A number of other Facebook users wrote similar views and called on the second vice president to apologize to the entire nation.

A statement issued by the High Commission for People of the Southeast Zone said, “The Sadozai and Mahammadzai ruled the country for the sake of Afghans’ political and social influence.”

“Renowned global faces such as Mahatma Gandhi, Ataturk and Jinnah better recognized the great Ahmad Shah Baba than us and they fully respected him.”

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