A century has been passed since Afghanistan achieved its independence from the British. Critics say major decisions on Afghanistan are made abroad which indicates that the country is yet to have independence.
Some politicians said Afghanistan has been “occupied” but despite the skepticisms, the Afghan government had decided to mark the centenary of Independence Day in a different way, but it was hampered after a deadly attack in Kabul which left 63 civilians dead.
“We do not have freedom today,” the reconciled leader of Hizb-e-Islami and presidential candidate Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said at a ceremony on Sunday. “We don’t have independence and national sovereignty.”
Some pro-Taliban figures, meanwhile, say that Afghanistan’s independence and sovereignty will remain questioned until the US forces leave the country.
“The talks with Americans are underway about their withdrawal. Their presence here has raised questions on our freedom,” a former Taliban commander Sayed Akbar Agha said.
Analysts said that today’s world scenario is totally different from the past and countries have some type of dependency on each other.
“When it comes to relations between countries, it is mutual dependency but not resolute freedom and independence. For instance, the way the soldiers are dependent on the US money, the US is dependent on the security of Afghanistan,” said Abdul Hafiz Mansoor, an MP.
“Political dependency where others make decisions in our absence looks like slavery,” political analyst Ahmad Saeedi said.
“We are not at that level now. There are no infrastructures. We are still facing problems to implement the ideas of Amanulallah Khan despite there is theory for it,” said Khan Jan Alokozai, acting head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
Taliban in a statement on the occasion of Independence Day said foreign forces are preparing to withdraw from the country and that this would mean the complete independence for Afghanistan.
Regardless of what politicians think or evaluate the philosophy of independence, ordinary Afghans said they are firmly committed to safeguarding and loving their motherland.
On Monday, August 19, many people flocked to Kabul streets and expressed their love for their motherland by hoisting Afghanistan’s national flag on their cars, homes, and shops.
“We are proud of our 100 years of independence. I salute King Amanullah for giving us this honor,” said Ahmad Samir, a Kabul resident.
Other residents raised hopes for lasting peace in the country in the near future.
“These youths are here to celebrate the 100th Independence Day of Afghanistan,” said Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, a Kabul resident.
“We are here to celebrate our independence in this free environment,” said Aziz-Ur-Rahman, a Kabul resident.