Afghanistan’s Parliament has dismissed seven government ministers over the past four days, adding to the woes of a fragile coalition that for months had bickered over filling the cabinet positions in the first place.
US President Barack Obama had planned to withdraw from Afghanistan completely by 2014, but according to Anatol Lieven, a professor of international politics at Georgetown University, he was forced to back down on his plan after repeated warnings that it would cause the Afghan army and state to collapse.
Conflict in Afghanistan and emergence of the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, have already produced tremendous ripple effects—on the regional as well as international levels.
The Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the Afghan parliament has been irked by the nineteen ministries that failed to spend the allocated development budget for the fiscal year.
With so much riding on American support, Afghanistan is waiting anxiously to see if President-elect Donald Trump matches his maverick image and reverses policy or keeps to a path that has cost billions and committed thousands of troops to propping up a fragile ally.
Afghans know that change of faces seldom results in policies shift at government level. The nation which is worst victim of terrorism and foreign imposed war has experienced this. From former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to current premier Nawaz Sharif, Afghans have not seen any shift in Islamabad’s policies toward Kabul. Strategic depth has been kept alive by all the heads of the neighboring states. Therefore, Afghan people had not pinned hopes on any of the two US presidential nominees. They also believed that terming any of the candidates as favorite would be interference in affairs of a sovereign state.
The Panjshir Valley, about 50 miles north of Kabul, has been one of the safest places in this country. But a growing number of inhabitants fear the Taliban’s recent resurgence could bring violence to their quiet region.
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