Editor’s note: I have been asked by representatives of the Pashtun people of Afghanistan, which may well include the Taliban, to aid in the talks and coordinate efforts to secure the tribal area borders with Pakistan.
Toward that end, Kadir and I are willing to travel to Qatar and where necessary.g
To the Honorable Alice Wells
U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Dear Deputy Wells:
The direct talks between the United States and the Taliban for the unconditional withdrawal of the U.S. and NATO from Afghanistan are a good thing especially if it results in an agreement.
I along with other members of the ANPC are concerned that the Intra-Afghan gathering will be hijacked by foreign countries and Afghan communist criminals after the U.S. and Taliban finish their talks on unconditional troopwithdrawal. The Afghan communist war criminals, foreign intelligence agents, war profiteers, warlords and thugs are ready to take advantage of this situation if an agreement is reached. The Ghani administration has selectedfifteen war criminals and war profiteers as delegates to attend this Intra-Afghan gathering. Foreign countries like Germany, Norway and England are choosing communist war criminals like Rangin Dadfar Spanta, so that theseMaoists and war profiteers can push their agenda. For the United StatesZalmay Khalizad is choosing delegates that have dark past. The United Statesshould not let other countries intervene in this process.
Once again missing from the gatherings are the Afghan villagers, who are not war profiteers and those who do not have blood on their hands from the decades of war. These Afghans must be the ones who determine the fate of Afghanistan, not the communist war criminals, war profiteers and foreign intelligence agents warlords and thugs, who have caused the war and suffering of the Afghan people and benefited from the continuing war for these past four decades.
I along with other members of the ANPC are asking that foreign countries such as Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Germany, Norway, England, United States, and China and their intelligence agents not interfere in the selection of the delegates, the location of, the organization, procedure and agenda of the Intra-Afghan Gathering. The Afghan villagers and other Afghans around the world, who are not war profiteers, communist war criminals and foreign intelligence agents, must be the ones to select the delegates and organize and run any gathering. Four decades of suffering caused by them is enough. Communists, and war profiteers only look out for themselves.
Foreign countries are still interfering in Afghanistan. Russia, and Iran are supplying new weapons to the Northern Alliance warlords and thugs so that when the United States withdraws its troops the Northern Alliance can pick up arms and there can be a repeat of the 1990s.
For these reasons, I along with other ANPC members and other educated Afghans should and are capable of arranging the Intra-Afghan gatheringwithout foreign countries, communist war criminals, war profiteers, and foreign intelligence agents, interference in the process. The upcoming Intra-Afghan Gathering must truly be Afghan led, Afghan controlled and Afghan owned. Please see attached.
Kadir A. Mohmand
Former Representative of the Afghan Freedom Fighter (Mujaheddin) for North America during the 1980s
In the Name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
THE PROPOSED PLAN FOR PEACE OF THE AFGHAN NATIONAL PEACE COUNCIL (ANPC)
Our group, ANPC, is glad that peace talks between the United States and Afghan Freedom Fighters have taken place. The key steps to implement this Plan for Peace must be: (1) The United States needs to unconditionally withdraw with an end to the foreign occupation of Afghanistan. (2) A continuation of face-to-face meetings with the Afghan Freedom Fighters without the presence of the Kabul puppet administration, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc. (3) An understanding that the Afghan villagers, the majority, are not a threat to the United States. The United States needs to stop using them as scapegoats for the tragic events of 9/11. (4) Corruption and the theft of trillions of U.S. and donor dollars must be investigated and those responsible prosecuted.
Rural Afghanistan, the Afghan villagers, are the victims of this ugly war. They have paid the price. They have suffered state-sponsored acts of terrorism, like night raids against their homes and numerous other war crimes and human rights violations. They suffer in poverty and war while the war profiteers relax in their mansions. The foreign invaders, elite urban Afghans, Afghan communist war criminals and war profiteers have benefited from this war and occupation while rural Afghanistan, the Afghan villagers have suffered.
Peace and justice go hand in hand. What is peace and justice for Afghanistan?
Peace and justice is not phony elections with a government selected by non-Afghans full of fake promises;
Peace and justice is not living under a government which rules by the way of bribery (rishwat);
Peace and justice is not living under the rule of AK-47 touting warlords in bullet-roof land cruisers, bearded mullahs with no faith and two- faced communists;
Peace and justice is not living in a society that defines women’s rights as having a cell phone and wearing short skirts while demonizing the chadar and pashtunwali;
Peace and justice is investigating and prosecuting those who perpetrated the ethnic Pashtun genocide of Dashe-te-lelli and Qala Jangi;
Peace and justice is not having to live in fear of having our villages bombed,
Peace and justice is living in a country where our children are not sold into bacha bazi
Peace and justice is a country where our Namoos and Nang are respected
Peace and justice is a country where all of the people can benefit from our mineral wealth (Rare Earth Elements)
Peace and justice is living in a country where all have access to basic medical necessities and education
Peace and justice is living in a country where all Afghans regardless of tribal affiliation can live together in peace
Peace and justice is living in a country chosen by Afghans for Afghans
Rwanda, the Jewish people of Europe, and Bosnians have received justice. Afghans for 40 years have suffered from war and violence without justice. There can be no peace without justice. There has been no justice and no peace. This is unacceptable.
Who is the ANPC?
We are a group of Afghan brothers and sisters (the Afghan National Peace Council “ANPC”), 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.
The United States and NATO need to stop blaming and scapegoating the Afghan villagers for Al Qaeda and 9/11. The creation of Al Qaeda can be attributed to the U.S. In the 1980s, when the brave Afghans were fighting against the Soviet Union and the puppet Afghan communist government, the United States trained Osama Bin Laden and other Arabs in Texas. Then the United States brought these Arabs to Afghanistan and trained them along with others in CIA training camps in Paktia Province, Afghanistan. I have first hand knowledge because I was fighting in Afghanistan at that time against the Soviet invaders. I saw these CIA camps and Arabs, which the Afghans did not want or need in Afghanistan. The United States had overall control over these CIA training camps for these Arabs, who eventually attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. Only Arabs were on the planes that attacked the United States. There were no Afghans. The armed attack can be attributed to and imputed to the United States’ action of training Osama Bin Laden and his followers in CIA training camps. Instead, the United States decided to scapegoat the State of Afghanistan, and invade, occupy and wage a war against it for these past 18 years.
In addition, agreements, bilateral security etc. made by the Afghan puppet administrations these past 18 years while under the pressure of U.S. occupation and war must be revoked, canceled and invalidated. This provision must be a part of any peace agreement when Afghans form a new government.
I along with members of our peace group find it urgent that our plan for peace be adopted and implemented as soon as possible because presently Russia and China pose even more of a threat to Afghanistan’s sovereignty and well being.
In the past, I along with another member of our group went to Afghanistan to talk with all Afghan groups to obtain their perspectives on how to achieve Afghan unity and peace. We traveled to many provinces including Helmand, Kunar, Jalalabad, Shamali and others. We made this trip because we do not want to see more bloodshed due to chaos and a leadership vacuum. We met and discussed how to achieve peace and unity with Afghan resistance leaders, UNAMA officials, with the Deputy Ambassador of the U.S. Embassy, Hugo Llorens, religious scholars, Shia religious leaders, tribal leaders, many ministers and parliament members of the Kabul administration, Afghan women organizations, Afghan engineer and medical societies and other organizations, presidents, deans, and professors from universities across Afghanistan, leaders from various political parties, Abdullah Abdullah, Jamiat Islamia, Hezb Islami Party, Northern Alliance, influential Afghans, and last but not least villagers.
The main concerns and opinions that were expressed by Afghans to us are the following:
- Afghans want unity and peace. They want an end to the war and foreign troops to leave. Afghan people want a friendship with the U.S. but they want their true independence. They are looking for a true national leader not a corrupt one nor one “selected” for them.
- Afghans are not a security threat to neighboring countries, the U.S. and the world. History has shown that they only defend themselves when foreigners invade and occupy.
- The Afghan/Pashtun majority will not accept a government or interim government with the majority of the government consisting of the ethnic minorities, Afghan leaders who are foreign agents such as CIA and M6, Afghans with dual citizenship, and the same warlords, war profiteers and war criminals like Rashid Dostum of the past 18 years.
- The Afghan resistance wants to negotiate directly with the U.S. without any foreign countries interfering. They do not want to repeat the mistakes made during the 1980s during the Soviet occupation and war when the negotiations went through Pakistan.
- Afghans do not want a corrupt government with war lords like they have now nor a national government that consists of and is controlled by one political or resistance group. They want a government that is a coalition and represents all Afghans. They believe there will not be peace and stability if one political or resistance group is put into power and supported by the United States.
- Afghans do not want ethnic retaliation or genocide because of the division caused by the foreigners especially the U.S government during these past seventeen years.
- Afghans believe that the Afghan High Peace Council is not capable of bringing peace because during the past years they have accomplished nothing except some members have increased their wealth.
- Afghans are concerned about the elections in the future because the current selected Afghan administration is not able to hold such elections and true elections cannot be held during war and foreign occupation under the gun.
- Afghan women are experiencing problems under the corrupt Afghan administration. The U.S. support of corrupt officials has harmed Afghan women. Rape and other crimes against women have increased. Afghans do not like the selected Afghan administration, other war profiteers using Afghan women and children as sex slaves for foreigners.
- The Afghan/Pashtun, the majority, are being killed and treated as enemies by the U.S. There has been an escalation of the bombardment of Pashtun villages by the U.S./NATO with the use of mercenaries and Afghan forces targeting and killing Afghan/Pashtun villagers including many women and children in the villages in recent years, which has risen to the level of ethnic cleansing/genocide. Most of these war crimes are not seen in the media. Pashtun people do not understand why the U.S. is treating them in this manner. The Pashtun people throughout Afghanistan are very angry. They realize that the U.S. is trying to divide the Pashtuns. They fear that this division will cause more bloodshed and innocent lives lost.
- Afghans are concerned that their vast mineral wealth, rare earth elements (REEs) and earth materials are being stolen by the war lords, war profiteers and the foreigners. The super majority of the Afghan people will become poorer while a few Afghan war profiteers become extremely wealthy. The United States is taking and controlling these REEs as it needs a stockpile of REEs, which are vital to the production of technology and defense systems. The majority of the REEs are located in the lands of the Afghan Pashtun villagers, who are seen as the roadblock to control of these REEs. Their villages are being destroyed and they are killed or forced to relocate. Afghans are concerned that their lands are being contaminated by the radioactive byproducts of REE mining and production.
- Afghan people do not understand why the U.S. keeps paying aid monies and CERT monies to war profiteers, members of political parties like Hezb Islami, Jamiat Islami, Sayaf, war lords and the Afghan administration when the reconstruction is not taking place or is very shoddy such as the bridge in Kunar and the Afghan ring road.
- Afghan people are angry with the targeting and killing of civilians, religious leaders, religious students, and tribal leaders especially in the rural areas especially the use of night raids.
- Afghans are concerned about the contamination of their environment by uranium–tipped weaponry, other new U.S. experimental weapons of war and the lack of infrastructure to handle the waste properly. The Afghan children are suffering because of this contamination of the soil and water which is not visible to the naked eye of an Afghan villager.
We believe that:
- The Afghan people, especially rural Afghanistan, the Afghan villagers, have suffered too much for too long because of almost four 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 permanent strategic military bases, to build and maintain a pipeline from the Caspian Sea region and to exploit Afghanistan’s vast untapped mineral resources mainly Rare Earth Elements (REEs), and for the United States’ CIA to continue to fund its operations especially paramilitary and mercenaries with illicit drug trafficking monies from opium, which has caused Afghanistan to become a NARCO state since the U.S. war and occupation.
- The majority of Afghans do not want foreign occupation or interference. Afghans want to decide their own future. Afghans are capable of bringing peace and stability on their own if left alone. Afghanistan must achieve its independence. History has shown that Afghans never accept foreign invasion and occupation. Afghans cherish their freedom and independence. As the past seventeen years have shown, foreigners with mercenaries and a U.S. selected Afghan puppet administration cannot win a war in Afghanistan.
- 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 United States’ privatization of its war in Afghanistan using a viceroy and modeled after the East India Company with mercenaries of Erik Prince and others will not bring peace or stability, but will increase war crimes against Afghan villagers and will escalate division and bloodshed. Only the war profiteers will profit. Americans and Afghans will be the losers.
- The occupation of Afghanistan by the United States and NATO is a violation of international law. Foreign troops must withdraw and the occupation must end.
- Afghanistan must protect its vast untapped natural resources such as its Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and use them to benefit all of the Afghan people.
- Afghans must adopt on their own aggressive plans and laws for the elimination of governmental corruption and illicit narcotics trade. Afghans must enforce these plans and laws against all involved in the illicit drug trade and corruption including any foreign individuals and foreign governments.
We propose the following Plan for Peace which incorporates the concerns and desires of the Afghan Majority:
PROPOSED PLAN FOR PEACE
- The Ending of Foreign Occupation of Afghanistan
- Afghans themselves with the help of our group must work to broker a ceasefire in Afghanistan.
- The Afghan freedom fighters or resistance must be included in any and all peace talks.
- All non-Afghan armed individuals, foreign troops, and mercenaries (private contractors) 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.
- Afghanistan leads the world in mine infestation and environmental contamination due to almost four decades of foreign invasion and occupation, and war. The United Nations, the United States, NATO and Russia must aid in the de-mining of and the elimination of the environmental contamination in Afghanistan.
- Establishment of New Governance and Revision of the Constitution
- Our group will help with the selection of tribal leaders (representatives) from each province or district. These leaders will participate in a loya jerga, which will form the government.
- This government must not consist of 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 be dominated by any one faction, party, ethnic group or foreign interest. It must not consist of members who have foreign intelligence affiliations such as CIA, M6, KGB. Members must not have dual citizenship.
- This government will pave the way for elections in the future..
- The Afghan constitution must be revised without foreign interference.
- A new, smaller and more effective national army and police force must be formed and trained. This army and police force must not be controlled by one or a few ethnic groups to the detriment of others.
- The Afghan government needs to resume and declare its neutrality. New treaties should 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 such as public apologies and restitution have been provided.
- 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 including foreigners and foreign governments. 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.
- Afghan traditional conscription for the army should be reinstated as a way to lessen corruption with the constant influx of new Afghan soldiers.
- Afghans suspected of and/or convicted of corruption or drug trafficking must be prosecuted in lawful tribunals and an investigation into their assets conducted with assets, located in Afghanistan or abroad frozen and /or seized upon conviction.
- 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 such as its Rare Earth Elements (REEs) 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 to stop exploitation and theft of the Afghans’ natural resources especially REEs. Geological surveys of the untapped resources must be conducted by a non-puppet Afghan government to locate and protect the natural resources such as REEs 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 by attracting top professors and training staff and linking them with their counterparts in other countries.
- 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.
- Emphasis must be placed on building and/or restoring water, sewer and electric systems.
- The problem of internal and external refugees must be immediately addressed in collaboration with the international community.
- With the help of the United Nations and the Afghan Army and police, internal refugees must be allowed to return to their villages and properties.
- 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 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:
- First Phase-
- Review and Potential Modification of Proposed Plan After Meeting With Afghans from All Sides
- Our group will meet with all sides to determine the demands, requirements, perspectives and ideas for peace of all sides in the conflict.
- Our group will review the demands, requirements, perspectives and ideas for peace to then identify possible compromises.
- Our Group will review all peace plans and proposals, incorporate compromises if necessary and combine into one plan.
- Second Phase – U.S. Negotiations with Afghan Freedom Fighters
- The first step to implement this Plan for Peace must be: (1) The United States needs to continue to talk directly in face-to-face meetings with the Afghan resistance without the presence of the Kabul government, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc.
- There must be an exchange of prisoners.
- There must be a withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries and a ceasefire.
- Removal of Afghan Resistance fighters from any black lists.
III. Third Phase-Afghan led Loya Jirga to Select Government
- Loya Peace Jirga. A national jirga will be held. The purpose for this Peace Jirga is to elect, form and establish an Afghan government. Foreign actors or interference will not be allowed in the process. Afghans will control the jirga process as the loya jirga is their traditional process used by their ancestors for thousands of years. Afghans do not want the loya jirga process hijacked and corrupted by foreigners including neighboring countries again. In addition, the jirga will form provincial councils to ensure that membership is based on the population of the provinces or districts with the majority and the minorities represented.
- Afghan Government. The government will do the fundamental work with the goal of establishing better administration and maintaining peace, stability and the independence of Afghanistan. It will pave the way for elections. It must include Afghan women. It must not include Afghans, who are war criminals, war lords, Afghans who are corrupt or have a history of governmental or financial corruption or a history of illegal or illicit behavior.
- The government will seek to restore complete peace.
- The government will amend and draft a new constitution in accordance with Islamic laws and national values, which guarantees human rights, the rights of women and reflects Afghan society and reality.
- The 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. Afghanistan will be part of the vision of a fair and rule-based world wherein the rights of the weak must be respected and upheld.
- The government will ensure that the withdrawal of all foreign troops and mercenaries and forces and the closure of all foreign military bases in Afghanistan occurs as scheduled.
- The 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 abrogated.
- The government will work with the United Nations and the Islamic Conference to do the necessary work so that Afghan refugees can return.
- The 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 government will work with the international community to bring high level war criminals, those persons involved in governmental corruption, those persons involved in the sexual exploitation and or trafficking of Afghan women and children, and those persons, who illegally and/or unjustly secured wealth to justice in appropriate independent war crimes and other tribunals and through civil proceedings in national and/or international courts.
- The government will work with NGOs and similar organizations, but the NGOs will work under the direction and supervision of the government.
- The government will establish systems and procedures for elections led by Afghans without foreign interference and/or foreign involvement of any kind.
- Afghan Led Elections. Free elections will be held to select national leaders, who will focus on all steps of the peace plan.
Kadir A. Mohmand, Founder of the ANPC
Representative for the Afghan Freedom Fighters for North America during 1980s
Abdul Kadir Mohmand was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He currently resides at Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Kabul High School. On an UNESCO scholarship, Mr. Mohmand studied at Sofia University, Bulgaria from 1976 until 1978 when his studies were interrupted by the Communist seizure of power in Afghanistan. The new Afghan Communist government ordered the Bulgarian government to return him to Afghanistan because he was anti-communist. Mr. Mohmand requested political asylum. With the help of the United Nations and the U.S. Embassy, he arrived to Italy and then the United States in 1979.
Mr. Mohmand returned to his studies and earned his B.S. in 1983 from Western Michigan University. He found employment in various positions in the engineering business. For many years, he worked for BFI and was country operations manager for BFI Italia. Currently, Mr. Mohmand owns a shopping center and develops commercial properties.
During the 1980s, Mr. Mohmand was the Representative of the Afghan Mujahideen for North America. During the 1980s, Mr. Mohmand returned to Afghanistan to fight as a freedom fighter against the Soviets and Afghan communists. Through an arrangement with Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mr. Mohmand would bring back wounded Afghan children and Mujahideen for medical treatment at Borgess and recuperation in his home in Kalamazoo. He formed and was president of a nonprofit, Aid for Afghanistan.
In the 1980s, Mr. Mohmand also worked with the Committee for a Free Afghanistan in Washington D.C to bring wounded Afghans to the United States for medical treatment.
For the past four decades Mr. Mohmand has dedicated his life to working to achieve true peace and stability in Afghanistan.
A few years ago, Mr. Mohmand organized educated Afghans intellectuals across the world who drafted a comprehensive plan for peace. Presently, he has united many different Afghan peace organizations under one umbrella. The goal of this network is to unite Afghans to bring true peace in and the independence of Afghanistan. This network wants to be the bridge between the Afghan freedom fighters and the silent Afghan majority, and the Western World in any peace negotiations.
Mr. Mohmand wants true peace and stability in Afghanistan. As a veteran of war, Mr. Mohmand hates war.