The new alliance formed by leaders from three mainstream Afghan political parties including Jamiat-e-Islami, the National Unity of People of Afghanistan and the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan on Friday issued a draft resolution where they made various demands from government.
The draft resolution, sent to TOLOnews, has named the alliance as the Coalition for the Rescue of Afghanistan.
Leaders of the alliance in their draft resolution accused President Ashraf Ghani of working beyond the law and monopolizing political power.
The coalition does not want the system to collapse; instead it wants systematic reforms to be in place in security institutions, the draft resolution says.
Sources have told TOLOnews that members of the coalition will sign the agreement in the near future.
Jamiat-e-Islami party of Afghanistan, which is led by acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani, has been one of the main critics of Ghani alongside the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan led by First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and the National Unity of People of Afghanistan party led by Second Deputy of the CEO Mohammad Mohaqiq this week agreed in Turkey on the formation of the alliance.
The coalition’s draft resolution is composed of four parts.
Some key elements of the document are as following:
The alliance has asked government to;
• Make efforts to restore national trust
• Make efforts for further mobilization of Afghanistan’s defense and security forces
• Support peace and national reconciliation process
• Outline a comprehensive security and administrative roadmap for central, northeastern and southwestern regions of the country
• Support full implementation of the political agreement on the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG)
• Reinstate the authorities of the First Vice President
• Reinstate the authorities of the second deputy of the CEO
• Make efforts to decentralize the system’s budget spending in ministries
• Grant more authorities to provinces in the budget spending
• Make efforts to boost a balanced development and consider national participation in selection of cadres
• Hold the presidential, parliamentary and district councils’ elections on time
• Make efforts to implement reforms in security and defense apparatus
“If they (the political leaders) really want to bring reforms, then they should come and bring reforms, because they are part of the government. Otherwise it seems to be a dangerous game to kill the people and to overthrow the system or governance. They (the political leaders) should tell the people about it (the alliance), because the people cannot tolerate further confusion to see that the vice president says one thing and the president another; or the chief executive says one thing and his deputy says another,” political analyst Daud Asas told TOLOnews when asked to comment on the new coalition.
The new alliance has also asked the international community to take a unanimous position on the war against terrorism.
The coalition has stressed the need for cooperation of the United States and its allies as well as Russia with Afghanistan in the counterterrorism campaign.
“I believe that if the intention behind the coalition is reforms and help for governance, then it is a good move. This will help to improve the situation, but first we should know the purpose of its (the coalition) formation,” said political analyst Sayed Hamed Anwari.
In the third part of the agreement, the coalition members have accused Ghani of acting beyond the law and of nepotism.
They alliance has urged Ghani to respect the Constitution, the authorities of the ministers and heads of the independent institutions.
Meanwhile, it has asked the president to respect the authorities of the CEO Abdullah Abdullah, the first vice president and the second deputy of the CEO.
Also, the alliance has asked Ghani to review appointments within the election management bodies including the Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Service Commission.
In part of the draft resolution, the coalition has called on government to;
• probe the attack on the convoy of the first vice president Dostum in Ghormach district in Faryab province
• probe the siege of Dostum’s house in Kabul
• identify those who opened fire on protestors in Kabul
• investigate suicide attacks on the funeral ceremony of the son of the first deputy of Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) and the attack on Al-Zahra Mosque in Kabul
• and serve justice on those who were involved in these incidents
ARG Reacts Cautiously
“There are three important points: the government welcomes any move which is taken in line with the national interests and development of the country. Second, if the political leaders and parties have any reservations about the situation, it would be better if they define an alternative to find a way out of the situation. Third, all those personalities who are part of the government must be responsible. If we have gains, it belong to all and if we have shortcomings and failures, all are responsible for it,” said Ghani’s spokesman Shahussain Murtazawi.
The coalition is composed of a supreme council, eight commissions and board of spokesmen. The supreme council of the alliance consists of 30 members, 10 members from each party.
Following the discussions of the three party leaders – Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor, Abdul Rashid Dostum and Mohammad Mohaqiq – in Ankara this week, Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj, spokesman for the National Islamic Movement of Afghansitan, said the alliance leaders would soon return to the country where they will officially announce the existence of the new coalition at a gathering in one of Afghanistan’s provinces.