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Afghanistan’s political parties aren’t too powerful

By Mujeeb R. Awrang

KABUL: Disagreement over leadership of the Jamiat-i-Islmai Afghanistan – a politically party, has got out of the hand and will hardly hit the nail on the head after top members of the party decided not to recognize Salahuddin Rabbani as chief of the party, replacing him with a provisional head, Inayatullah Shadab.

In a need to get his act together, Rabbani in a statement had immediately put the membership of dissent members that includes Atta Mohammad Nur, Yunus Qanuni, Abdullah Hafiz Mansoor and some others, to a hold.

The blame-game between them would be continued until finally end to some stages. Division among political party is absolutely not worth of buying. There are many political parties with different networks and groups that all so far posed disaster for a country like Afghanistan where political stability is in due stick.

Giving a flank look at the world’s powerful countries, many of them are consisted of some main and subordinated political parties. The political parties in most of the countries play crucial roles in the country’s political, social and economical areas. They compete each other with their deepest influence in the society via political notions, measures and plans for the development of the nations.

After the collapse of President Daud Khan’s Government, Afghanistan has also been engaged into political parties system. The People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan was the first party founded in January 1995. However later on there were several major and minor parties established by some influential figures in the country – and even some of them were feeding by the regional and world’s powerful countries.

Jamiat-e-Islami of Afghanistan was founded by Ustad Burhanuddin Rabbani in 1972 – whom was martyred in a suicide bombing attack in September 2011 at his residency. The party has played huge role in the fight against the Soviet Union that followed by civil wars that left hundreds of thousands of people killed and wounded.

Despite the existence of several number of political parties in Afghanistan, our country have gone through a lot of deep challenges, as the parties were struggling to behold each other politically rather than fighting.

None of these parties have been able to succeed a political settlement for Afghanistan or play an important role in the most crucial issues of the country by far. The members of the political parties have engaged in internal rifts on issues that could change or revise the fate of this war-torn country.

However, the fraction of the political parties is not unprecedented in the world, as we have seen many major parties fall apart due to different reasons throughout the history.

To ensure a well-known democratic society and government, the presence of the political parties with their main influence among the people – who could politically compete each other in most important issues – are vital necessary.

But unfortunately, almost all of the presented political parties in Afghanistan are based on tribal and ethical values not meritocracy and decent sovereignty.

These parties can turn away from their paths, notions and goals anytime, as their members have always priorities their personal benefits than the parties or the country’s interests.

Having multiple political parties could prove a recipe of separation in under developed countries like Afghanistan that cost it an arm and a leg. Afghanistan is needed a very few numbers of political parties to sufficiently work for a transparence and devolved country, not over hundreds to ruin it.

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