In the wake of the unfettered political disarray, the Afghan unity government has found itself in a bind that could only be circumvented if a ‘paradigmatic politic of compromise and diplomacy’ is concocted; defiance against the government’s writ has taken a whole new shape to itself ever since two northern governors who were told to step down refused to bow down and even ramped up hostile rhetoric of perpetual denial.
The origin of the insubordination of the local political representation is ‘political inertia and deficient domestic diplomacy’. The unity government – just contrary to the insinuation of its name – has less been capable of national integration and cohesion—that’s because theories of outsiders, not letting it to breath. The Ashraf Ghani’s government is following a ‘politic of marginalizing political wings. The government’s stealthy and soft policy of elimination is backfiring – because influence figures have the backing of the overwhelming majority of minority ethnicities. It is drastically unorthodox to want to push local power-holders to the fringes; a byproduct of that diplomacy is the diminution of the government’s publicity and credibility amongst hardcore and sentimental people of far-reaching provinces and an ensuing disinterest and detachment from political leadership.
As the time window for the unity government is drawing to an end and with elections nearing – although prospects of a vote don’t seem promising, the country’s leaders are not receptive of the idea of stepping down, and want to continue their way of chaotic governance for another term. We say chaotic irrespective of government’s foreign policies or economic feats; we are delivering a critique on the faltering of the central government to achieve public unanimity and consensus.
Meanwhile the blunt and outright Ata Mohammad Noor is vying to run for the future elections. A political rivalry and emergence of adversaries pose a threat to the central government; and decentralization of power and elimination of prospective candidates takes precedence to the pattern of national unity – a pseudo-paradigm that the incumbent technocrat government claims is clinging to.
National unity is the emblem of convergence of all ethnicities and bridging the schism in all the spectrums of a society. Unity can never be confined to the way governments are formed but just the opposite; it is the inter-ethnic and inter-racial interaction and cohesion within the fabrics of the society; especially a post-conflict one that prides itself on collective fight against a much-orchestrated Communist expansionist regime in 1980s.
As the situation is getting out of control, President Ghani and his team should relinquish any strategic tendency of deletion – which will inadvertently embroil it to the fringes of a total shutdown.
If the pretentious unity government had compromised with Noor and sought his role in state of affairs instead of trying to unseat him, this travesty would not have happened. Americans have also left the government on its own to deal with this dilemma, refusing to repeat their faux pas of creating a Ghani-Abdullah nexus – although it was a necessary measure at the time. And Afghanistan is all alone to scuffle with yet another impasse which has never been this serious and chaotic.