Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Another Blow to Democracy

Another blow to the already dying democracy in Afghanistan by Karzai governmentcame about on Friday October 14, 2011, in the middle of the night when dozens of policemen forcefully removed the tent of Simin Barakzai and moved her to a hospital. Barakzia, a used-to-be female MP from Herat province, was 14thday of her hunger strike against being unseated from parliament through a systematic program from Presidential Palace.

For those optimistic about the future of democracy in Afghanistan, such moves by government must have very negative and at the same time disappointing messages.

The government formed by the votes of the people through a democratic process no more respects the democracy. Should it be so because it is the final term of President Karzai and he wants to do things that were not possible to him during his past terms? Whatever, real faces of high authorities are gradually becoming visible to the people of Afghanistan.

Letting alone the poor performance of the government in bringing security and stability the country, its undemocratic moves have greatly harmed Afghanistan in many ways. The most obvious of such moves has been the unlawful meddling of government into the activities and decision of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan pertaining to the last parliamentary election.

In addition to breaking the parliament into many fractions, the meddling of the government is majorly responsible for the severe political instability in the country.

Simin Barakzai through her hunger strike which is democratic way of protesting injustice gained support of civil society activists, student associations, certain politicians and many other. It was deemed that Barakzai's painful struggle would bear fruit and the government would put sincere efforts to break her protest through a democratic way. But she did not know her voice is striking a deaf ear.

Tears dropped by people such as Barakzai could turn, any time, into ocean. For the sake of Afghanistan's better future, the government should stop weakening the foundations of democracy in Afghanistan and work to compensate the national losses it has caused to the people of Afghanistan by its autocratic policies in the last ten years.