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Afghanistan’s national unity government, which will complete two troubled years in power Thursday, has set aside its internal differences and prepared an upbeat report of its achievements and goals to present to international donors in Brussels next week, hoping to secure their renewed commitment to long-term support.

 
Some observers see former President Hamid Karzai as the main threat to the current government and although Dr. Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani dislike each other, it seems the two will band together to remain in power and prevent the return of Karzai.  
 

Afghan Reconciliation: Promoting Peace and Building Trust by Engaging Civil Society was designed to involve communities in active discussions about peace-building, human rights and reconciliation as the keys to a stable, functioning society.

 
Parliamentary and district councils’ polls have been pushed back by the government as the unity government leaders wanted to inject heavy dose of reforms in the ailing electoral bodies—Independent Election Commission and Independent Electoral Complaints Commission.   
 

While security continues to dominate the news on Afghanistan, the long-running political crisis in this war-ravaged country is about to take a turn for the worse. As the National Unity Government (NUG) is nearing the two-year completion of its term, it is confronted with serious political deadlock and a constitutional crisis. The future of the incumbent government hinges on how it will handle the unfolding situation. A mishandling of the crisis can prove to be detrimental for Kabul’s incipient democratic process and political cohesion.

 

Hekmatyar is not alone in enjoying impunity. None of the Afghan warlords from the 1990s has been held accountable. That, and the failed disarmament of abusive militias, have crippled reforms needed to build effective government institutions crucial for a lasting peace. As the war churns on, killing an ever-increasing number of civilians, and driving desperate Afghans to join the flood of refugees fleeing to Europe, it’s clear how high a price Afghans have paid for appeasing the warlords.

 

Whether or not investigators find connections between these bombings and American action in Afghanistan, it is increasingly apparent that America’s public and policy makers alike would rather not address their faraway, largely failed war.

 

Illiteracy rate is too high in Afghanistan. The country direly needs well-educated people in different sectors to become self-sufficient as currently people of different nationalities are working here to fill the vacuum in the job market.

 

Afghanistan lags behind neighboring countries in many fields. Many study reports and surveys revealed government skill deficiency. The idea of the government failure is associated with unproductive policies and lack of basic infrastructure to steer the country in the right direction. 

 
When Aziz Amir was a young man, his mother died from an infection which should have been easy to treat. “She didn’t go to a hospital because she didn’t want to show herself to a male doctor,” says Mr Amir, a trained cardiologist who now owns a private hospital in Kabul.  
 


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