At the End of the Road

Southasia - - Editor’s -

It seems that Pres­i­dent Karzai’s days in government might truly be over. Your story ex­am­in­ing his po­lit­i­cal

fu­ture and the legacy he will leave be­hind was beau­ti­fully pre­sented. While Karzai may have been the right man at the right time in the right place, he is no longer the right choice. Afghanistan has gone through a plethora of changes in th­ese past ten years and the next six years will be the coun­try’s lit­mus test for sta­bil­ity. Much will be chang­ing and while Afghanistan and its peo­ple slowly at­tempt to stand on their own feet with min­i­mal in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ven­tion, they will re­quire a strong, com­mit­ted and hon­est government that will de­vot­edly lead the way. Karzai’s government is no­to­ri­ous for cor­rup­tion; a trait in­creas­ingly trou­ble­some for an al­ready weak government func­tion­ing in an un­sta­ble coun­try. The Afghan civil so­ci­ety is flour­ish­ing and there is much hope that the next elec­tions will oc­cur in a fair and sta­ble man­ner. Hold­ing safe and fair elec­tions will also be a big re­spon­si­bil­ity on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s shoul­ders. Whether Karzai stays po­lit­i­cally rel­e­vant or not, what is cer­tain is that Afghanistan has too much at stake to make an im­pul­sive mis­take. Maleeha Adnan

Lon­don, UK

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