The Afghan nation will elect a new president in a few days’ time. Although one hopes for a president who is sincere to the country and its people, such hopes seem far-fetched if one keeps in mind the list of contenders for the post. It is obvious that one of them is going to the presidential palace and there is a great chance that it will be Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. The new president will have to deal with a host of issues. He is going to face opposition and criticism from a number of quarters, especially from those who lose the election, but he should remain steadfast in the face of difficulties.
To rule Afghanistan is no easy job and the new president will have to take some difficult decisions. I have a suggestion in this regard, although I fear it may be considered pre-mature at this stage. It is a fact that Afghanistan is divided along ethnic lines and the divisions are deeply grooved in Afghan society. The country can be better managed if it is made a federation and the provinces are given maximum autonomy with the centre holding only a few important subjects like finance and defence. If the present state of affairs is allowed to continue, the country faces the prospect of disintegration. It is time the people of Afghanistan decided what’s best for them.