Afghan Peace and Prosperity Alliance Announces Support for National Coalition of Afghanistan
On September 3, 2013, in a gathering in Kabul attended by more than a thousand attendees, the Peace and Prosperity Alliance of Afghanistan announced its support for the National Coalition of Afghanistan. The Peace and Prosperity Alliance of Afghanistan, which is comprised of one hundred and thirty five political, social and youth organizations, is influential in southern and eastern parts of Afghanistan.
In his remarks, Mr. Ahmad Shah Zadran, leader of the Peace and Prosperity Alliance, indicated his movements support for national unity in the country. He stated that in light of recent political developments and activities in the country, in preparation for the upcoming Presidential elections, the alliance has decided to announce its unconditional support for the National Coalition of Afghanistan. Mr. Zadran also mentioned that while certain political parties and alliances use ethnicity as the basis for its political success, the National Coalition of Afghanistan is committed in working for and representing national unity. He stated, “This was the main reason for our decision to join the NCA under Dr. Abdullah’s leadership”.
While referring to the upcoming elections, Mr. Zadran stressed that free and fair elections would be the only legitimate way for a political transition in the country. He rejected calls for delaying or postponing the elections.
During his own remarks at the gathering, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the NCA discussed the importance of transparent and credible elections to Afghanistan’s future stability. He also shed light on the importance of unity and solidarity among all of Afghanistan’s ethnicities. While addressing reporters, Dr. Abdullah also indicated that the best way for President Karzai to cement his legacy as a responsible leader would be by ensuring an environment and conditions conducive for inclusive and transparent elections. He further stated that President Karzai should not have any concerns with regard to his immunity after his Presidency, and made clear that he would be treated as a respected and distinguished former President.
Recently some other political parties and movements have joined the National Coalition of Afghanistan.