• publish: 15 September 2019
  • time: 1:33 am
  • category: Excerpted
  • No: 10354
Ghani’s ex-advisor:

Ghani failed his 2014 election manifesto comprised of 9 key sections including peace and stability

The former advisor of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and university lecturer Dr. Abdul Ali Mohammadi has said the president has failed to deliver on his 2014 election manifesto commitments.

In Op-ed titled ‘Ghani and Fictitious Commitments’ Dr. Mohammadi said President Ghani’s 2014 election manifesto comprised of 9 key sections including peace and stability, State-building and good governance, Women, Youths and poor people, Justice and partnership, health, economy, special priorities, foreign policy and political stability.

In regards to peace and stability, Dr. Mohammadi has written that President Ghani was not successful in his description and pragmatic approach regarding what he described as ‘practical mechanism of peace’ in his 2014 election manifesto as he failed to take practical steps regarding the commitments he made in the manifesto including establishment of a political consensus, peace agreement, creation of a competent peace council and obtaining the views of armed elements and their foreign backers.

Dr. Mohammadi has further emphasized that stability is a variable dependent to peace as per the manifesto and logic as there will be no stability until there is no success in peace efforts and the current situation of the country is a clear evidence.

Pointing towards State-building and good governance, Dr. Mohammadi has written that little progress has been in this section including staff changes and an increase in revenue sources with an aim to bring reforms but no significant work has been done on fundamental level as not only the presidential palace was turned into an institution but the president increased his concentration on power and expelled his deputies from the circle of decision making. On the other hand, the parallel departments were not only removed but such departments increased due to the actions of the president.

Furthermore, Dr. Mohammadi has written that description of gender budget, estbalishment of an exclusive university for women, creation of affirmative actions for the disabled individuals and general description of the role and needs of youths were among the key points in the manifesto for women, youths and poor people.

However, Dr. Mohammadi believes that the President failed to deliver on commitments in this section as well including the creation of a gender budget and establishment of an exclusive university for women.

In other parts of his Op-ed, Dr. Mohammadi has written that the President failed to deliver on commitments in the fields of justice and partnership, health and economy including ensuring the rights of people for accountability, prevention of the spread of hatred and scoial violence.

Dr. Mohammadi believes that the President also failed to deliver on key pledges including some comical commitments he made in his manifesto for health and economy including facilitation of distance learning for the students in Indian and Gulf educational institutes and connecting Medical University students in European and American institutions.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mohammadi has described the centralization of procurement process as President Ghani’s only success in Special Priorities section while the President has failed to fulfill pledges in other sectors including education and higher studies, political partnership, elections, permanent resolution of conflict between Nomads and villagers, anti-corruption, extremism, environment, art, sports, addiction and drugs and refugees and internally displaced people.

In regards to President Ghani’s achievements in foreign policy, Dr. Mohammadi has expressed concerns regarding Afghanistan’s relations with its strongest ally, the United States as President Ghani’s term is getting close to an end.

He has also criticized the President for failing to fulfill commitments in other foreign policy issues including a change in the relations with Pakistan.

Dr. Mohammadi has also written that neither the water dam was constructed on Panch and Amu River due to the failures of the President in his foreign policy nor practical steps were taken in other areas including establishment of transit routes between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, TAPI gas pipeline and transit route between Afghanistan and Persian Gulf via Iran.

Furthermore, Dr. Mohammadi has written that President Ghani and the Government had no other policy in political stability section other than the policy of discrimination and elimination.

This comes despite President Ghani’s 2014 election manifesto described political consensus of all powers as main factor for political stability considering previous factors and rejected supremacy, discrimination, negativism and the policy of elimination, Dr. Mohammad concluded.

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