By Varonica Kharakov from Moscow for Dispatch News Desk news agency
Moscow, Pakistan: The first round of Afghanistan Peace Conference concluded here on Friday and participants expressed that Afghan crisis has no military solution.
Participants maintained that peace can (could) be brought to Afghanistan only through political process and dialogue between the Afghan government and fighting Taliban.
Participants also expressed their concern over rise of Daesh in Afghanistan.
Official experts from China, Pakistan, Iran, India, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are attending Afghanistan Peace Conference hosted by Russia.
According to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry at the end of first day of Conference, experts on Afghanistan expressed concern over the growth of a terrorism threat in Afghanistan.
Statement maintains as:
“In the course of an honest and constructive exchange of views on the state and prospects of military and political situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the parties expressed concern over the growth of terrorism activity, leading to further bloodshed and suffering of the Afghan people”.
Participants assured their support to Afghan government to assist in providing opportunities to Afghanistan.
Participants were of the view that international community should continue supporting Kabul to ensure stability because Afghanistan needs (needed) constant financial support.
It may be mentioned that Taliban refused to attend the conference at last minute and Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said on Thursday night that they are not attending the conference.
“We cannot call these negotiations as a dialogue for the restoration of peace in Afghanistan”, said Zabiullah Mujahid while talking to US media on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, US also refused to attend the Peace Conference and called it “unilateral Russian attempt to assert influence in the region”.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner commented on Peace Conference and said :
“It seemed to be a unilateral Russian attempt to assert influence in the region that we felt wasn’t constructive at this time”.
Former president Hamid Karzai said he no longer recognizes the government as the representative of the country’s national sovereignty.
An angry former president, Hamid Karzai, on Saturday lashed out at government and the U.S over Thursday night’s bombing of Achin district in Nangarhar.
Karzai said he did not recognize the government, and has decided to work to get rid of America in Afghanistan.
“Yesterday it was the third time that I decided to free Afghanistan (first time from Russia, second time from Pakistan and now) from America’s incursion, operation and violation.”
Comparing Thursday’s bomb to a nuclear weapon, Karzai asked “why did you drop an atom bomb in our country?”
He criticized government for “allowing the U.S to drop such a big non-nuclear bomb. If government approved it, the act is treason.”
He said the bombing was an insult to Afghanistan and that the U.S was just using Daesh as an excuse.
According to him Thursday’s bombing had been pre-planned and it had been to test a weapon of mass destruction.
Karzai also said it was a violation of Afghanistan’s sovereignty and a violation of the environment.
He implied that villagers in the region had over time been evacuated from the area.
He said that it was now apparent that locals had been moved ahead of the planned bombing and questioned why the U.S had waited two years to take action against Daesh.
It was around mid-2015 that the group first emerged in the eastern province.
“As a citizen of this country I have decided to stop America. Whether someone wants to stand beside me or not I have decided to stop America’s oppression. It was an insult to our sovereignty.
“We must ask about whether the U.S came here to fight terrorism but instead terrorism is increasing every day in the presence of the United States,” he said.
He said that government announced on Friday it had been aware of the bombing and that he, as a citizen of the country, does “not recognized this government as my representative and as representative of my goals, wishes and of my national sovereignty.”
“I have decided to oust American from this soil,” he stated.
Karzai’s remarks come just two days after the U.S on Thursday night fired off a Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs, against a Daesh tunnel complex in the remote area of Nangarhar.
The move was met with mixed reactions but the national unity government has confirmed it was aware of the plan ahead of the bombing.
Sadly, what happened to an Asian doctor on a United commercial jetliner has fast become the norm in the United States, where local, state, and federal law enforcement regularly side with the government and corporations and routinely abuse citizens.
By Sophia Meyer
Dr. David Dao was seated on United Flight 3411 Sunday night, prepared to fly from Chicago to Louisville on the last leg of an exhausting 24-hour journey. He was going back to work, with patients to see the next morning at 8.
When notified he was had been computer-selected to give his seat to a United employee needing to get to work in Louisville, Dao refused. After United employees were unsuccessful in convincing him to disembark, three Chicago Aviation Department security officers boarded the plane to remove Dao—willingly or not.
In a passenger’s video recording of the incident, Dao can be heard telling the officers: “I’m not going. I’m a physician. I have to work tomorrow at 8.” An officer threatens, “We’ll have to drag you off,” to which Dao responds, “Well then you can drag me. . . . I’m not going. I’m staying right here,” and then says, “I’d rather go to jail.”
Then, in what The Atlantic calls, “the ‘re-accommodation’ heard ’round the world,” the screaming Dao “was ripped out of his seat by uniformed officers and dragged down the aisle on his back like carry-on luggage, as several horrified passengers captured video footage of his bloodied face on their phones.”
Passengers can be heard expressing disbelief and disgust as he’s dragged away. “Hey, hey, hey, come on! Now you’ve busted his lip.” “Oh, my God! Look what you did to him! This is horrible!” And, sarcastically, “Good work. Way to go.”
The officers have been “placed on indefinite leave,” according to the Chicago Department of Aviation, which acknowledged the situation was not handled “in accordance with our standard operating procedure.”
It required three attempts for United CEO Oscar Munoz to apologize to Dao, his family, and the other passengers for the police-state tactics used aboard his plane. Finally—three days and three attempts later, and only after United stock had lost $255 million—Munoz told ABC News on Wednesday, “probably the word shame comes to mind,” in describing how he felt upon watching the video showing the handcuffed passenger being literally dragged off his plane. “It was a system failure,” he continued, blaming United’s policies, that do not enable employees to use “common sense.”
Munoz had initially outraged the public when he tweeted, “We apologize for the overbook situation,” and then in a statement blamed the victim: Dao, he said, had “raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions” and “became more and more disruptive and belligerent.”
Now, similar to what often follows such police-state violence, USA Today reports “Videos from United Airlines flight incident may violate rules. . . . [P] assengers were in violation of United’s policies and could face legal repercussions in civil court or be barred from future United flights.”
If this series of events sounds familiar, perhaps it’s because time and again, innocent victims of police-state violence in America—like the young man shot to death in his own apartment while playing video games at 1:30 a.m. when police came searching for someone else, as reported by AFP in Issue 15 & 16, 2017—have their reputations smeared by the agencies and media, are themselves blamed for agency misconduct, and onlookers who document the carnage are themselves threatened and even arrested.
China’s version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, has been abuzz with the news, since Dao is of Asian descent. Ironically, one commenter noted United’s treatment of him is “a perfect illustration” of human rights in the United States.
Indeed, whether on land or in the sky, and whether such violent tactics are carried out by representatives of local law enforcement, federal agencies like the DEA, ICE or IRS, or remote drone controllers targeting unarmed American citizens for murder, the onus is focused on those who document such police-state tactics rather than on the criminals carrying them out.
In addition to a growing “Boycott United” sentiment, Dao has filed a lawsuit and the company’s stock has plummeted $1.4 billion as of this writing. Surely, one would assume, the company immediately changed its policies.
A mere two days after Dao’s mistreatment, United first-class passenger Geoff Fearns was threatened with handcuffs if he did not give up his $1,000 bought-and-paid-for full-fare seat so that a last-minute, “higher-priority” traveler could have it. When Fearns stood his ground and refused to leave the plane, United finally “compromised” and moved him to a seat in economy class.
Once home, Fearns wrote Munoz requesting a full refund and a $25,000 donation from United to the charity of his choice for his mistreatment.
A week later, United’s “corporate customer care specialist” instead offered Fearns a refund of the difference between his first-class ticket price and economy fare as well as a $500 credit toward future travel on United.
When asked if he’ll ever “fly the friendly skies” again, Fearns laughed, “Are you kidding?”
Originally from the Midwest, Sophia Meyer is a freelance writer and editor and avid gardener now living on Florida’s Treasure Coast.