As the talks of Interim government persist in Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani has initiated his efforts to gain political support and has held meetings with the leading politicians of Afghanistan including Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, a former Jihadi commander, former President Hamid Karzai and former vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili. Moreover, Mohammad Mohaqiq who holds a reputation of being a long-term critic of President Ghani’s policies has been appointed as his adviser for Political and Security affairs. President Ghani also met with the head of the High Council of National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah at his residence during last week, however Abdullah Abdullah in a statement said that” Nothing has been built behind the scenes to implement or impose it in a way on the people of Afghanistan”.

Former Head of Afghanistan’s Intelligence Agency, NDS said that President Ghani is politically isolated and is making his efforts to have the support of Afghanistan’s major political parties. He did not take on board and consult the Afghan leaders during last six years, however as the talks of Interim government furthered, he is trying to reach out every major political party while subsequently trying to show the Biden administration that he has the greater support of Afghan people. Interim government possibly hints towards the dissolution of a constitution which can initiate a political chaos in Afghanistan.

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Mr. Hassam Siddiqi hails from Peshawar and is currently working as Research Associate at Pak Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF). He was formerly associated with Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) as Research Associate/Director Programs. He is pursuing his PhD in International Relations from National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad. He previously did his MPhil in Peace and Conflict studies from NDU, Islamabad while his masters in International relations from University of Peshawar. Hassam has previously worked in Diplomatic Focus Magazine and Legal Research Institute of Pakistan as Associate Researcher. He has also worked in Radio Pakistan as news broadcaster and presenter. He regularly contributes opinion-based articles in national newspapers on national and international affairs. He also appears on mainstream electronic media and web-based channels as an analyst.


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