In a significant development, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has voiced his opposition towards the international community's attempts at the 'forced' removal of Afghanistan's interim government. Karzai, instead, pushes for a different approach - the pushing of the Islamic Emirate to reform its policies internally.
Advocating for Intra-Afghan Dialogue
In an exclusive interview with a Japanese media outlet, Karzai articulated his stance. He urged the Islamic Emirate to immediately implement girls' education, suggesting that this could potentially pave the way towards establishing a 'legitimate' government. He believes that this step could also lead to gaining recognition for the interim administration in Afghanistan.
An Appeal for Reform, Not Collapse
Karzai emphasized that his objective is not the collapse of the system. He is acutely aware that Afghanistan has already experienced sufficient turmoil. His advocacy lies in the direction of policy reform. He envisions a future where all Afghans come together to construct the country's future.
Contextualizing the Appeal
This appeal from Karzai comes at a critical time. Afghanistan recently witnessed the fall of the Afghan Republic and the escape of President Ashraf Ghani and his close team of advisers as the Taliban seized control of Kabul. The circumstances surrounding the government's collapse, U.S. negotiations with the Taliban, and the impact on the Afghan people, have all contributed to the current state of affairs.
Moreover, the resurgence of the Taliban's religious policing has significantly affected the behavior, movement, and appearances of Afghan residents, particularly women and girls. The enforcement of new laws by the Taliban's Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has drawn parallels to the Taliban's previous rule. Thus, the need for reform, as expressed by Karzai, is of paramount importance for the future of Afghanistan.