Welcome to Meladul Haq Ahmadzai's website!
When I was just nine years old, I and my parents and younger siblings left Afghanistan for Ottawa, Ontario. Here, I quickly developed my passion for public service and a desire to help others.
I am well known in the community through my volunteerism. I have 10 years of volunteer experience with several non-profit organizations.
My current volunteer work:
I am a member with Oxfam Canada and also volunteer with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Date published: March 15, 2018
The U.S. is supporting the killings of innocent Afghans
The United States went to Afghanistan to eliminate terror threats to the world after the 9/11. They have been trying to make Afghanistan safe for 17 years through their foreign policy in the region.
The Taliban does not want to come to the negotiating table even with the latest proposal made by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as he called on them to join a political settlement. However, President Donald Trump has recently said that he would not talk with the Taliban because they are killing people "left and right".
This is a war impacting more than 30 million ordinary Afghan people, leaving them with little hope for their future. There are about 200,000 Afghan military personnel fighting to keep the country secure.
Furthermore, 14,000 U.S. troops are on the ground in Afghanistan which means the war is in the hands of the Afghan government. The U.S. is supporting Afghans to kill Afghans, a policy that seems to be aimed at creating more tensions in the country.
This may mean to be that the U.S. is supporting the ongoing war and having no interest to de-escalate the conflict anytime soon. The repeated failed calls on Taliban to join peace is simply for pr in the media.
How can a government start a war and then discuss peace with the same players? Afghans are meant to be the losers!
According to the UN statistics, Afghan war saw no change in the civilian deaths which is about 10,000 a year even after the 2014 U.S. forces withdrawal.
The only way to make peace in Afghanistan is to put pr to aside and stop the transfer of public funds to Afghanistan. These are people who need help not more security personnel as Taliban are making American policy a failing recipe.
Date published: March 13, 2018
Article Title: Taliban will never make peace with infidels
So far this year, the insurgent groups in Afghanistan have demonstrated that they have resources to take away innocent Afghan lives. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed unmarked helicopters for providing weapons to these groups. However, both Russia and U.S. have said that they are not supporting terror groups within the country and denied the allegations.
Each year, since 2009, the United Nations in Afghanistan have reported that about 10,000 civilians die as a result of the imposed war. Time and again, the Taliban have called on American forces to leave Afghanistan so that the war can be ended. Although, the U.S. government invested significantly in the training of Afghan army, but it seems the training did not sufficiently served its purpose that is to keep and safe guard territory.
Meanwhile, recently, the Taliban made it clearer that they want peace with U.S. and not Afghan government as they were ousted by foreign forces.
Insurgent groups have recently targeted hospitals, government officials and as well a hotel in Kabul. However, the media has ignored the stories of Afghans who have lost their family member due to the imposed war. More focus is on number of deaths rather than victim’s stories. This is difficult because Afghanistan is not an English spoken country therefore, the media only gets the details from local authorities. It is hard to trust what the media reports and who they get their information from.
For more than 35 years of continuous war, Afghanistan now needs healing and rest. The United States got what they wanted that is to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. U.S. should leave Afghanistan and allow the people to decide their own politics because Taliban will never make peace with "infidels".
Date published: Feb 20, 2018
Continuation of Afghan war does not mean win for America
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump said in his remarks at the White House that he would not talk with the Taliban about restoring peace in the war-torn country due to their increasing attacks on Kabul. This shows his weakness and lack of insight on the situation in Afghanistan. Furthermore, it shows that he is fully committed to fighting the war.
The American war now its in 17th year has roughly killed about 15,000 Afghans, many of them includes innocent children between 2014 and 2017.
Now, President Trump wants to "win" in Afghanistan just as he won the election against Hilary Clinton, and according to media, many Americans still believe that his win in politics was mainly due to the Russian hacking.
Meanwhile, the Taliban also wants to have discussion through peaceful means as a result of their latest open letter to the American people asking for consideration for peace talks under the banner of Islamic Emirate. However, Trump has yet to reverse his original decision on talking with the insurgency. The Taliban controls well over 45 percent of the country despite years of fighting.
Moreover, online data from the United Nations in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2015 suggests that the civilian deaths remains the same with very little impact from the the U.S. forces withdrawal in 2014. This probably indicates that Afghan forces have the same level of command as the U.S. army and no change has been done in the war strategy despite as some reports wrongly suggests otherwise. Also, several U.S. generals and American politicians have falsely suggested in the past that America has been winning in the war, when clearly that was said falsely to change the views of the general public.
The question now is what would additional troops accomplish in Afghanistan? The war will not be impacted by additional troops even if President Trump gives the go signal. If the outcome of the fighting means giving amnesty to the insurgent groups, then who would provide support to the families that have lost loved ones?
Last year, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, former warlord and Prime Minister, was invited back to Afghanistan after the UN and U.S. removed heavy sanctions against him.
In conclusion, America does not have a real strategy for bringing the long war to an end, however, the trend in fighting will remain the same even if Trump was to increase troop levels despite of his intentions on winning.
Meladul Haq Ahmadzai