Liberal Demokratic Party of Afghanistan
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Total members: 117.524 (26 June 2017)
The war in Afghanistan has been going on for 40 years. The Afghan people have experienced uninterrupted suffering as a result of this war. Many Afghans have lost family members, some have become physically or mentally handicapped, and most Afghan citizens are also suffering economic consequences. All Afghans long for a lasting peace and joy in their homeland.
The holy fast of Ramadan is a month for reconciliation and peace, culminating in the Eid-ul-Fitr festival. Eid is supposed to be a time of joy.
So that the Afghan people can forget their suffering for at least a few days and not have to cry during these holy days, we call on the Taliban to lay down their weapons for at least 7 days, i.e. 2 days before, 3 days during, and 2 days after Eid.
We call on the Afghan Government to also cease fire against the Taliban during this same holy time. Afghan security forces should only respond in self-defence to attacks initiated by the Taliban.
By contrast, we do not call for a ceasefire against IS and other terrorist groups. The fight should continue uninterrupted against these groups.
On the occasion of this holy month of Ramadan and the upcoming Eid festival, we would like to send our congratulations to the Afghan people and the Taliban and hope that a lasting peace will be realized in our homeland as soon as possible.
1.Chairman of FDPA
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani intends to convene a major council, even though the majority of Afghans reject the idea. This idea has everything to with Mr Ghani's personal wishes. He should immediately stop his plans to convene the council. We will not accept any decisions taken at such a meeting. Convening such a council is redundant and will cost several million dollars. Instead, this money should be used to help those who have lost their homes in the floods.
Mr Ghani has repeatedly attempted to sabotage the peace process with the Taliban. Fortunately, his previous attempts to do so have been unsuccessful. The Taliban do not want peace talks with Mr Ghani. They are willing to speak with many Afghan politicians, but not Mr Ghani.
The Afghan people do not want this failed president. We also do not want to work with him because he has no concept of good policy.
Mr Ghani's term in office ends 22 May 2019. The majority of Afghan politicians will not accept him as president for even an hour longer. It is also unlikely that the Taliban will want Mr Ashraf Ghani to remain in office after the end of his term.
Therefore, we ask Mr Ashraf Ghani not to continue governing after the end of his term. Should he remain in office, then the peace process will fail and the war will continue.
From 12 midnight on 22 May 2019, as soon as Mr Ashraf Ghani's term as president comes to an end, the president's second deputy, Mr Sarwar Danish, should take over the reins of government. The entire cabinet, as well as Mr Abdullah Abdullah, could continue to run their offices until a new president begins his work and forms a new government.
Under the Afghan constitution, Mr Ashraf Ghani may not continue to govern after the end of his term.
We urge Mr Ghani to leave the presidential palace immediately after the end of his term.
According to media reports, Ghani's government intends to open the new term of office of the Afghan parliament in the foreseeable future. The results in the October 2018 parliamentary elections were extensively manipulated. That is why we will not recognize such a parliament.
With kind regards,
1st Chair Hayattullah Maiwand
In the last few days Mr Ashraf Ghani has appointed new members for the so-called Electoral Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission. His tactic is continue playing the same game but with new cards. Therefore, we refuse to recognise the members of the Electoral Commission or the Electoral Complaints Commission. Mr Ashraf Ghani wants to ensure that his supporters emerge victorious in the parliamentary elections from October 2018. That is why he is using various tricks to legalise the parliamentary elections which were heavily rigged. He is totally mistaken and does not realise that this is as impossible as taking a mixture made from salt and sugar, and separating out the two elements from each other.
In one of his speeches Mr Ashraf Ghani claimed that he is willing to sacrifice his own life in the name of peace. This is obviously a lie. What he actually wants, is to try everything,so that he can remain in power.
It is obvious that Mr Ashraf Ghani has no clue about politics. We can see from his behaviour that he regards lying as a type of politics.
Mr Ashraf Ghani is arrogant. He shows no affection for the Afghan people, the only person he has any affection for is himself.
President Ashraf Ghani has been in power since 2014 as a consequence of massively rigged elections. His presidential performance has been dire. This government has failed in both domestic policy and foreign policy. Since coming to power he has made no progress at all. He has not served in office, but quite the opposite, as he has betrayed the Afghan people by flouting the law and trampling all over them. In the fight against terrorism Mr Ashraf Ghani is not capable of carrying out effective war administration. One of the reasons for this is the extremely weak intelligence service. President Ashraf Ghani’s government is not even capable of guaranteeing security in the capital city of Kabul, let alone in other parts of the country.
Corruption and chaos are rife, for example in the armed forces, police, judiciary, customs, intelligence services, tax authorities, administration, educational establishments etc. Crime has increased including a rise in violence against women, sexual assault on women and children, robbery, kidnapping of people, opium cultivation, drugs-trafficking etc. Furthermore, he has ignored women’s rights, and there has been in increase in poverty, unemployment and the number of drug addicts.
Mr Ashraf Ghani is responsible for all regression and negligence during his term of office. All of this is a disgrace for Mr Ashraf Ghani and he should be ashamed of himself for wanting to remain in power. Mr Ashraf Ghani is the worst president that has ever ruled Afghanistan. He is corrupt, and he is a liar.
With best wishes,
Chairman of the FDPA
Women's rights are off-limits and should not be sacrificed in any peace negotiations with the Taliban!
The media has been reporting some of the Taliban's demands during the peace negotiations, including:
- changes to women's rights
- changes to the Afghan constitution
- withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan
- not allowing Afghan territory to be used as a base against other countries
- removal of leading Taliban members from the blacklist
- release of Taliban members from Afghanistan's government prisons
Our response to these demands is as follows:
a) Women's rights:
Afghan women enjoy their rights as women and equal rights with men. Women in such Islamic countries as Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, and others enjoy these rights. Neither we nor the Taliban can take away these rights. The late King Ghazi Amanullah Khan recognized women's rights and women's right to self-determination in Afghanistan around 100 years ago. Women should have the freedom of choice whether to wear the veil or headscarf or not. This is not an innovation. Even during the reigns of King Amanullah Khan, King Zahir Shah, and President Dawud Khan, women in Afghanistan were free to wear veils, headscarves, or not.
b) Changes to the Afghan constitution:
Of course, changes can be made to the constitution. These could include:
c) Withdrawal of foreign troops:
The Taliban's demand for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan is not the Taliban's own ideology; instead, it is the Iranian government that is behind this demand. When we assume control of the government, we could negotiate with the US and the world community about the future purpose and duration of foreign troops in Afghanistan. We want to avoid a repetition of the terrible events of the 1990s, when the withdrawal of Soviet soldiers from Afghanistan was followed by the long-lasting devastation of civil war. The Taliban's claim that Afghanistan is a country under occupation is completely inaccurate. Afghanistan is a free and sovereign country. US and international soldiers came here after the terrorist attack of 11 September 2001, to help us fight terrorism.
d) Not allowing Afghan territory to be used as a base against other countries:
The Taliban's demand is also Iranian in origin. Afghanistan is a free and sovereign country. We are proud of our freedom. We will not be intimidated by Iran.
e) Removal of the leading Taliban members from the black list:
We could imagine removing the leading Taliban members from the blacklist if a peace agreement is signed. However, only later, after peace and stability are restored.
f) Release of Taliban members from Afghanistan's government prisons
When we take over the government, we may consider a gradual release of Taliban members currently in prison, but only after peace is restored. Those who elderly and critically ill would be the first to considered for release. We would then gradually consider the release of other prisoners. An immediate release of the prisoners before the restoration of peace cannot take place.
The ongoing peace negotiations are a golden opportunity for the Taliban to lay down their arms and make peace. This opportunity will not come again. We will enable the Taliban to open a single representative office in Kabul. However, the office must not be misused to organise terrorist activities. The funding of the aforementioned Taliban representative office may not be provided by foreign sources, but would only be financed by the Afghan state. The Taliban will not be allowed to have offices outside Afghanistan. In addition, we do not want Taliban members in the future Afghan government.
We respect the efforts of US Special Envoy Dr Zalmai Khalilzad and wish him every success in the peace negotiations with the Taliban. We hope that he will succeed, taking into account all the wishes of the Afghan people.
We also thank all countries involved in seeking peace in Afghanistan.
In recent days, Mr. Ashraf Ghani and former President Hamid Karzai have been talking about convening a major council regarding Taliban demands etc. This is a kind of trick, possibly an effort to enforce goals that might be incompatible with the constitution. We fear that unconstitutional decisions would be passed in the framework of such a council, including some at the expense of women's rights, etc. This is an old idea first proposed by former President Hamid Karzai, who was in office from 2001 to 2014. Hamid Karzai seems to have a more conservative approach to women's rights.During his term of office, women's rights in Afghanistan received little respect. Mr. Karzai has led the country to a crisis. During Ashraf Ghani's term, the situation has deteriorated even more. We reject the call for a so-called council and will not recognize any decisions it makes.
With best wishes,
1.Chairman of the FDPA
In 2014, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah stole the Afghan presidential election with massive election fraud. The extent of election fraud was over 80%. During their term of office, they repeatedly abused the Afghan Constitution. The Afghan lawyers acting as transparency watchdogs accuse the Afghan government of disregarding 90% of the Constitution's provisions. The 35 million people of Afghanistan expect their government to serve their country's interests. Instead, Mr Abdullah Abdullah and the Afghan government have been working to line their own pockets or have otherwise been wrapped up in corruption. Mr Abdullah Abdullah is suspected of personally enriching himself with hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes.
Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have signed several government contracts with both Afghan and international companies since in office. These include contracts for the exploitation of the country's mineral resources etc. According to media reports, Abdullah Abdullah and the Afghan government have signed an addendum to the 1973 agreement with Iran on the use of river water. Iran has long sought to increase the amount of water it takes from Afghanistan's rivers. In our communiqué of 10 November 2018, we stated our hope that the Afghan government would not make concessions to Iran beyond those already granted in 1973. Should we take over the reins of government, we will scrutinize all contracts and treaties signed by the current Afghan government and terminate those that are disadvantageous. Iran's use of water from Afghanistan's rivers was only resolved with the 1973 agreement between Afghanistan and Iran, signed during the reign of former King Zahir Shah by Afghan Prime Minister Musa Shafiq and Iranian Prime Minister Abas Huwaida.
During the administration of former President Hamid Karzai, the Iranian government often sent full bags of cash (US dollars) to Kabul for distribution to Karzai and his government as bribes. Iran claims to be an Islamic republic. In Islam, however, bribery is strictly prohibited. We reiterate our demand made in our communiqué of 5 December 2018 that Iran should not interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.
If Mr Abdullah Abdullah and the Afghan Government are intentionally signing away the wealth of the land through such treaties in order to cause problems for future governments, we warn them against the consequences.
The Afghan government is largely made up of corrupt persons, including some plain and simple robbers who are hard at work stealing the country's assets. They place no value on the interests of Afghanistan. Their only goal is self-enrichment by embezzling public assets.
If those who have enriched themselves through bribes or stealing public assets think that they can escape punishment by going into exile once we take over the government, they would be mistaken. We will issue warrants through Interpol for the arrest and extradition of these persons in order to bring them to justice. At this point, we refer to the compromise proposed to these persons in our communiqué of 11 October 2018. This proposal remains on the table.
When we take over the government, we will leave in office those ministers, governors, and senior officials who have diligently performed their duties. We will only fire those who have not been fulfilling their duties.
We have no personal enmity with Ashraf Ghani or Abdullah Abdullah. However, we attach great importance to the observance of Afghan Constitution and the consideration of the interests of our country Afghanistan.
In recent months we have sharply condemned the manipulation of the parliamentary elections held in October 2018. Nevertheless, the electoral commission and the Afghan government are trying to deceive the public with various tricks to convince them that the elections were lawful. According to media reports, candidates for election to parliament were paying bribes of up to $1 million per seat to the Electoral Commission and Afghan Government. As we have pointed out several times, we do not accept the results of these elections. When we take over the government, we will invalidate these elections.
With best wishes,
Chairman of the FDPA
Everyone in Afghanistan, young and old, men, women, and children, is happy about the ongoing peace negotiations.
We welcome the fact that the Taliban are currently prepared to negotiate peace with the United States. However, the Taliban is still refusing to negotiate directly with representatives of the Afghan government. We agree with this position since the government under Ashraf Ghani is corrupt and involved in nepotism. This government works with thieves who have stolen the state's wealth for their own personal advantage.
Of course, we and the Afghan people demand that Afghan interests not be sacrificed in any peace agreement.
We would like to thank the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan for their efforts towards securing peace for Afghanistan. Restoring peace in Afghanistan is also in the interests of our neighbours and the entire world.
In October 2018, so-called elections for parliament were held in Afghanistan, but more than 70% of the votes were falsified We and the Afghan people have criticised this manipulation of the election results. The electoral commission claims to have separated the valid votes from the invalid ones. Instead, its members have sold the votes in exchange for bribes from the mafia currently running Afghanistan. It has been reported that votes were sold for between 2000 and 4000 Afghanis each ($27 to $54), which means that the bribes amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Afghan people were cheated both in how the parliamentary elections were conducted and in the alleged recounting of the ballots. The people are understandable upset and disappointed with this double fraud. We, too, are dissatisfied with the elections and do not accept these results.
Ashraf Ghani and his gang are already planning to steal the upcoming presidential election. Consequently, It cannot be considered a free election, since the results will be determined in favour of the Afghan mafia. We will not accept any presidential election that is manipulated. We call for a boycott of the election since it is only a staged spectacle being run by Ashraf Ghani and his henchmen. The formation of a new transitional government that would exclude this Afghan mafia would help maintain order and discipline in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the media is reporting that the US government is planning to reduce the number of its soldiers in Afghanistan.
The terrorists should not think that this will mean everything will be in play if and when the US withdraws. The Afghan army is strong enough and is getting stronger by the day. Its military equipment is constantly being modernised. The Afghan army has successfully defended the country for the past 4 years. A partial withdrawal of US forces will therefore have no major impact on Afghanistan's security. The US and the world community, meanwhile, will continue to support Afghanistan both financially and militarily. Ifnecessary, the USA could increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan at any time.
Dear President Trump, you are the best president for the United States of America. Your foreign and domestic policies are outstanding. You have made positive changes for the US strategy in Afghanistan. Afghanistan still needs support from the US and the world community.
With best wishes,
Chairman of the FDPA
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