United we stand

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We were hardly done cel­e­brat­ing the news that the Afghan pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah had agreed on form­ing a na­tional unity gov­ern­ment when the news of their fall­ing out emerged. Then, when we had lost ev­ery hope, they two lead­ers agreed to form a na­tional unity gov­ern­ment once again. Now that the re­count is done and Dr. Ghani has been de­clared the win­ner, Dr. Ab­dul­lah has gra­ciously ac­cepted to be the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Afghanistan. This is in­deed good news. There were fears that he would ask his sup­port­ers to launch a protest move­ment against the elec­tion re­sult but thank­fully san­ity pre­vailed in the end.

It is ob­vi­ous that both can­di­dates fi­nally re­al­ized where their dif­fer­ences would lead the coun­try to. With the in­ter­na­tional forces all set to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year, there is go­ing to be a vac­uum. Now that Ahmedzai and Ab­dul­lah have joined forces by putting aside their dif­fer­ences and unit­ing for Afghanistan, there is a chance that this vac­uum will be filled by con­struc­tive forces which will work for our na­tion’s progress.

If they failed to do it, we all know what is go­ing to hap­pen es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing what is go­ing on in some parts of Afghanistan and which ne­far­i­ous el­e­ments are rul­ing the roost in a num­ber of ci­ties. Do we want their rule to spread to the en­tire coun­try? If we want to avoid a com­plete dis­in­te­gra­tion of Afghanistan, we will have to forge mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial ties.

Rehmat Dadakhel

Kabul, Afghanistan

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