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Sunday, 08.15.2010, 06:43am (GMT)
Afghan Najat Jirga
(Afghans United to Save or Rescue Afghanistan)
We are a group of Afghan brothers and sisters, who do not have Afghan blood on our hands and who are not accused of crimes by any human rights commission or organizations, the United Nations, and/or the general Afghan public. We rely on Islamic principles, our Afghan code of honor and our history of independence, and having a genuine desire to end the war in Afghanistan, we unite to work to bring peace and stability to our beloved homeland through lawful means. We, Afghans, condemn terrorism of any kind, conducted by any individual, group, or state. Afghans are not responsible for the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. None of the individuals on the airplanes that attacked the United States were Afghan citizens. Furthermore, Afghanistan should not be collectively punished for the actions of others. We believe that:
The Afghan people have suffered too much for too long because of three decades of war due to foreign invasions and occupations. The United States and NATO claim that they are in Afghanistan to secure peace and build a democracy, but in reality they are there for geopolitical reasons, such as to build and maintain a permanent strategic military base, to build and maintain a pipeline from the Caspian Sea region and to exploit Afghanistan’s vast untapped mineral resources.
The majority of Afghans do not want the foreign occupation or interference. Afghans want to decide their own future. Afghans are capable of bringing peace and stability. Afghanistan must achieve its independence. History has shown that Afghans never accept foreign invasion and occupation. Afghans cherish their freedom and independence.
Afghans must unite and not allow foreign occupiers to divide Afghans by ethnicity, tribe, language and gender affiliation.
The Afghan government established and supported by the West is ineffective and corrupt. It cannot bring peace, stability and security.
The occupation of Afghanistan by the United States and NATO is a violation of international law. All foreign troops must withdraw.
Afghanistan must protect its vast untapped natural resources and use them to benefit all of the Afghan people.
An aggressive plan for the elimination of governmental corruption and illicit narcotics trade needs to be adopted and enforced with new laws passed that prohibit corrupt practices.
Plan for Peace and Reforms
In order for there to be peace and stability in Afghanistan, we offer the following plan for peace:
The Ending of Foreign Occupation of Afghanistan
The United Nations must work to broker a ceasefire in Afghanistan.
All foreign troops must withdraw from Afghanistan in accordance with a reasonable time table.
The Afghan freedom fighters or resistance must be included in any and all peace talks.
All non-Afghan armed individuals and mercenaries must leave Afghanistan.
All prisons, detention, rendition, interrogation centers or facilities maintained or used by foreigners inside and outside of Afghanistan must be closed and all prisoners of war and political prisoners inside and outside of Afghanistan must be released.
There must be no permanent foreign bases in Afghanistan.
The United Nations, the United States, NATO and Russia must aid in the demining of Afghanistan.
Establishment of New Governance and Revision of the Constitution
An Islamic government needs to be established through democratic elections.
The Afghan constitution must be revised without foreign interference.
For a period of 2 years, an interim government must be formed by a Loya Jerga (the Liberation Jirga). It must not be a current warlords and war criminals dominated government based on ethnicity, gender, language or gun power. It should be based on qualifications, professionalism, effectiveness, transparency and accountability. It must not any one faction, party, ethnic group or foreign interest.
The interim government will pave the way for a democratically elected government.
A new national army and police must be formed and trained and not controlled by one or a few ethnic groups to the detriment of others in order to avoid ethnic cleansing.
The Afghan government needs to be non-aligned and declare its neutrality. Treaties must be entered into with regional powers, Great Britain, France, Germany, the United States and other countries regarding non-interference.
National tribunals need to be established for the prosecution of top or high level war criminals from 1978 to the present. Reconciliation and reintegration should be allowed for low level war criminals after proper actions and required behavior has been provided i.e., public apologies, restitution.
Elimination of Corruption
An aggressive plan for the elimination of governmental corruption and illicit narcotics trade needs to be adopted and enforced with new laws passed that prohibit corrupt practices. Those individuals or companies convicted for corruption must not be allowed to be a member of the government nor awarded any government contracts or grants. The government must give alternatives to small farmers growing poppies. Large scale poppy production and narcotics drug rings must be prosecuted and their assets seized regardless of who they are. Private security companies’, foreign and Afghan, trafficking in illicit narcotics must be investigated, stopped, and prosecuted.
A new independent enforcement body must be formed by the Afghan government to investigate and stop corrupt practices and acts.
Reconstruction of Infrastructure, Rebuilding the Economy and Social Reforms
The reconstruction of Afghanistan’s infrastructure and economy must be the top priority. Aid monies and funds must be managed in a fund similar to the one established after WWII by the Marshall Plan. Strict rules for awarding monies and monitoring government contracts and projects must be enforced.
Afghanistan must protect its vast natural resources and use them to benefit all of the Afghan people. Nationalization of companies involved in mining, piping etc may need to be done. Foreign investment and foreign businesses involved in the natural resources must be very closely monitored. Geological surveys of the untapped resources must be conducted by a non-puppet Afghan government to locate and protect the natural resources and the environment, and to ensure maximum benefit to the Afghan people.
For a period of years, Afghanistan should be allowed to freely trade its goods around the world without tariffs, sanctions or the like.
The agricultural sector must be a top priority and restored. Working with the United Nations and other organizations, Afghans must be educated and trained on best farming practices for their land. Dams and canals must be rebuilt.
A public education system for all children and vocational training for adults must be established to create an educated and technically trained labor force. Schools must be rebuilt by the government and not just in the wealthy areas.
Emphasis must be placed on rebuilding Afghanistan’s colleges and universities and attracting top professors and training staff.
Community programs to care for orphans, widows and the needy must be established in accordance with Islam.
Strict laws must be adopted to protect women and children from sexual exploitation and the sex trade in accordance with Islam.
The problem of internal and external refugees must be immediately addressed in collaboration with the international community.
With the help of the United Nations, internal refugees must be allowed to return to their properties and villages.
The Afghan government must encourage all external refugees to return especially the educated ones, who can use their education and experience to help rebuild Afghanistan.
Steps to be Taken to Implement the Plan
We have provided our reasons for uniting to work to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan, we have adopted a plan, and lastly, praying that Allah (SWT) keeps us on a straight path and with the well-being of all Afghans in our hearts, we will take the following steps to implement our Plan for Peace:
An informal group consisting of the founders will adopt a plan and steps for implementation. The group will have an executive committee at the founder’s discretion. Sub committees may be formed such as political, media, financial and cultural from time to time but will be under the direction of the executive committee. All activity will be conducted in accordance with applicable laws.
This group or council will work together to exert pressure on all parties involved in the conflict to facilitate true peace in Afghanistan.
The focus will be on networking and contacting individual Afghans, Afghan groups and organizations, inside and outside of Afghanistan, who do not have Afghan blood on their hands, are not war criminals, and are not working for foreign governments, to gain support.
A copy of our Peace Plan document will be circulated and signed by as many Afghans as possible indicating their support.
The media will be contacted regarding our Peace Plan.
Relevant government officials and agencies will be contacted.
First Founders Meeting/ Conference. A conference (the First Founders Meeting) will be organized and held inside Afghanistan to discuss the implementation of the Plan. All members will exert their best efforts to establish the first founders meeting- a meeting at which the participants truly represent the current realities in Afghanistan.
Participants at the first founders meeting will elect a Supreme Council to oversee and set up the Afghanistan Liberation Jirga.
Supreme Council . The Supreme Council will establish membership criteria, code of conduct, procedures and articles for the holding of the Liberation Jirga. It will oversee and organize the Liberation Jirga.
The Supreme Council along with the help of the United Nations and the Islamic Conference, will talk with the Afghan resistance and all other Afghan sides to pave the way so that an Afghan Liberation Jirga (intra-Afghan Assembly) can be held.
Liberation Jirga. A national jirga will be held. The purpose for this Liberation Jirga is to elect, form and establish an Afghan interim government. Foreign actors or interference will not be allowed in the process. In addition, the jirga will form and establish a small provincial council, with membership based on the population of the provinces.
Afghan Interim Government. The interim government will be elected for a term of two years to do the fundamental work with the goal of establishing better administration.
The Interim government will seek to restore complete peace. To achieve that goal, the interim government has a duty to talk to those Afghan armed resistance, which may have been left out of the peace process because if these groups are ignored it would threaten peace.
The interim government will draft a new constitution in accordance with Islamic laws and national values, which guarantees human rights and the rights of women.
The interim government will practice a foreign policy of neutrality and not allow Afghan soil to be used against any other country or group or by any foreign country or group.
The interim government will adopt a reasonable withdrawal plan of all foreign troops and forces and for the closure of all foreign military bases in Afghanistan.
The interim government will free all non-criminal prisoners and close all foreign prisons and detention centers.
Treaties and accords not in Afghanistan’s national interest will be eliminated.
The interim government will work with the United Nations and the Islamic Conference to do the necessary work so that Afghan refugees can return.
The interim government with the help of the United Nations and the Islamic Conference will take the necessary steps to get ready for a free election.
The interim government will work with the international community to bring war criminals and those persons involved in governmental corruption to justice.
The interim government will work with NGOs and similar organizations, but the NGOs will work under the direction and supervision of the interim government.
Finally, at the end of the interim government’s term, members of the interim government cannot be candidates in the free election.
Free Democratic Elections. Democratic elections will be held to select national leaders. That government will focus on all steps in our plan.
Afghan Najat Jerga
Abdul Kadir Mohmand
6147 Old Log Trail
Kalamazoo, MI 49009 USA