Shaida Mohammad Abdali, a presidential candidate and former Ambassador of Afghanistan to India, on Saturday said Afghanistan will not achieve a sustainable peace by “hastening in the peace process”.
Abdali said government should not be sidelined from the peace process but he suggested that the National Unity Government leaders – President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah –should not sacrifice peace for the sake of winning the next presidential elections.
“In Afghanistan, peace efforts have always started at a time when Afghanistan has been in a weak position,” Abdali said. “I doubt why this process has started at this time? Government is weak at the moment and we should be very careful to not pay irreparable sacrifice and we should be careful that the peace should not be a short-term peace.”
Abdali said fundamental reforms should be brought to the elections commissions and in order to bring good reforms, political parties, the people, MPs and senators should be consulted.
“Every process should be national. We have political parties and movements, people, parliament and Senate and we should have their consultations. The views of parliamentary elections candidates who have failed to succeed should be taken to be able to bring fundamental reforms in the commissions,” Abdali said.
Abdul Basir Salangi and Zulfaqar Omid are the running mates of Abdali as his first and second vice president in the 2019 presidential elections.
“We have considered ethnicity combination in our team. I know Mr. Abdali from the past and from the time when he was working with (former president Hamid) Karzai. He has good experience,” said Salangi.
“The aim of our team is to bring fundamental changes in politics, security, economy and social issues,” said Omid.
Abdali was the last person who ran for presidential elections.
Abdali was a secretary of former President Hamid Karzai and a close aide to him. He served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to India for six years.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Natural Sciences and a master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University of the United States.
He has gained his PHD in political stability and economic relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India.
Abdali was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is married and has three children.