WORKING WITH THE TRIBES..KEY TO A BETTER AFGHANISTAN
M. Arlene Rafiq | March 31, 2009 at 12:19 amby
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They have not used aid in the best interests of the Afghan people. Aid money has been reported delayed, misappropriated or misspent on unsuitable projects. They have failed to provide honest and effective governance. The government is widely perceived to be corrupt, incompetent and unable to deliver.
Afghanistan has problems no one can fathom and no country in the world can fix it but the Afghans themselves. But the problems are bigger than life. One has to go to the deepest core in order to find solutions to these problems. Prince Abdul Ali Seraj has a better plan.
In a recent interview with Prince Ali Seraj, he said “In order to improve governance and defeat the Taliban, it will be necessary to develop a radically new and clearly visible approach to the country’s problems. Understanding the flaws in the present approach and acknowledge the fact, that now, just as much as in the past, the most effective way of achieving peaceful stability is not through fighting a war and supporting a weak government but by talking and listening to the tribes and through the empowerment of the tribal leaders. By turning to the tribes we will also be sending a clear signal of an intended change for the better—a proven approach built on a better understanding of the country and its history. What is the key to finding a solution for Afghanistan? At present the tribes are very suspicious of the government’s actions and frustrated with its inaction. This leaves them open to exploitation by the Taliban who are able to present themselves as a better alternative to the Karzai government. Obviously, the prince who is a direct descendant to nine kings has the support of various tribes. If he’s elected president, he can stop the encroachment of the Taliban by working with the tribes, instead of against them. He said that greater tribal cooperation and understanding will allow the government to appeal to the Taliban nationalists (The Afghans) whose only real concern and cause is a free and peaceful Afghanistan. It will also allow the government to rid the nation of the foreign elements within the Taliban.
The choice of the next president will be critical to the future of Afghanistan. The mistakes in the past in supporting unsuitable leaders cannot be repeated. Other candidates may have what it takes but if they lack a credible capacity to engage with the tribes-upon whom, better results are dependent-it will be the same…a country in chaos.
Building trust takes time it is preferable to find a leader who is already commanding tribal support. This would allow tribally supported defense planning to start at once and in effect as soon as a new government takes office.
The tribes have decided to choose a respected member of the royal family with a two hundred year history and one that did not shed the blood of their brothers or steal their money. They chose the family of King Amamullah, and selected his nephew Prince Abdul Ali Seraj as their leader and candidate for the presidency of Afghanistan. A leader with a new face, and a new strategy, but who is also the right leader for the present situation a man like Prince Ali Seraj in whom the tribes have already place their trust.
Afghanistan according to Prince Ali is in desperate circumstances but with goodwill and sound planning it can still be saved. There is a very narrow window of opportunity in which it can be turned around and this must be used before it’s too late.
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