Kabul, Afghanistan – Hashmat Ghani, brother of Afghanistan’s deposed President Ashraf Ghani, says he has accepted the Taliban’s takeover of the nation however has referred to as for the formation of an inclusive authorities.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from his west Kabul home on Saturday, Ghani mentioned acknowledging the brand new order in Kabul was a necessity “for the people of Afghanistan” at a time when international forces are solely days away from their ultimate withdrawal.
Ghani, a businessman and grand chieftain of Afghanistan’s nomadic Kochi inhabitants, has been assembly Taliban leaders for the previous a number of days. He mentioned he agreed to recognise the transition of energy as a sign to influential political and cultural figures, in addition to businesspeople.
He mentioned if businesspeople who had invested tens of millions in faculties, hospitals, shops, universities and different entrepreneurial efforts joined the tens of hundreds of individuals making an attempt to flee the nation it could be “devastating” to the nation’s economic system and general future.
Though his brother, the previous president, fled on August 15, the youthful Ghani says he by no means had any intention to depart the nation.
“If I were to flee there what would become of my people, my tribe … My roots are here, what kind of message would that send if I just fled and left my people in their time of need?” he mentioned.
Of his brother’s absconding, Ghani says he’s glad the previous president at the least left together with his life intact.
“If he had gotten assassinated or killed in any way, things would have gotten much worse.”
Meanwhile, the photographs and work in Hashmat Ghani’s home stay untouched, as do the massive, flatscreen televisions. During its rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban banned tv and any artwork depicting folks and tv. One of Ghani’s work even depicts the chasm left behind after the group blew up the traditional Buddha statues within the central province of Bamiyan in 2001.
Ghani mentioned it is very important bridge divides in Afghan society; which implies the Taliban discovering a strategy to settle for fashionable facilities and developments, and youthful Afghans and opponents of the group with the ability to have interaction with the Taliban, whom a lot of them had probably by no means seen up shut till final week.
“When you haven’t been around certain kinds of people, appearances can be deceiving or even frightening,” Ghani mentioned.
The Taliban has mentioned it’ll defend ladies’s rights and arrange an inclusive authorities. But many fear a return to repressive rule and a United Nations report mentioned the Taliban has been conducting “targeted door-to-door visits” of people that labored with international forces.
Footage of Ghani assembly with members of the Taliban has unfold throughout Afghan social media and has resulted in some crucial and abusive feedback.
He acknowledges the fear that hangs over the capital, however pressured the necessity for an inclusive authorities that would come with consultants of their fields, ladies and younger folks. That, he mentioned, would be the strategy to ease tensions.
‘We can’t return to dying and destruction’
In the preliminary days of the Taliban takeover, the town was at a standstill as few folks, particularly ladies, dared to step out of their homes.
For the primary 4 days, many of the companies within the metropolis remained shut as a result of uncertainty and fear of riots or violence. But as the times wore on, the crowds grew greater, site visitors returned to the streets and a few ladies and younger folks ventured again out.
So far, companies in Kabul and different cities have slowly began to reopen, however with banks struggling to open and replenish money provides in ATMs, there’s a massive scarcity of bodily forex in circulation.
Afghanistan’s economic system had already been struggling on account of corruption, cuts in international support and a near run on the banks within the days previous to the Taliban’s arrival final week.
Ghani says the Taliban should do every thing they will to interact with entrepreneurs and traders as, in a cash-based economic system, this mixture of enterprise closures and a scarcity of paper cash can result in a critical financial shock.
Throughout Saturday afternoon, Ghani may very well be heard responding to WhatsApp voice messages in Pashto, Dari and English, making an attempt to encourage traders and main figures not to surrender hope or worse, abandon the nation in its hour of want.
“We can’t let this country go back to death and destruction,” he may very well be heard saying into his iPhone as message after message got here in from Afghanistan and overseas.
Meanwhile, the Taliban has but to announce the official formation of a brand new authorities and Ghani mentioned the group’s management has overtly acknowledged to him that they want help in operating the nation.
He mentioned it’s important that succesful and well-educated folks stay open to working with a possible Taliban authorities.
“[The Taliban] know security. They can handle that very well, but a government is more than security, and that’s where the educated classes can help,” he informed Al Jazeera.
Now that the Taliban has arrived in Kabul, Ghani’s greatest fear is a repeat of the civil conflict that nearly destroyed Kabul within the 1990s. To keep away from this, he says the management of the nation ought to reach out to the Taliban for a peaceable decision. This contains influential figures from the entire nation’s ethnicities and geographic areas.
Throughout the day Al Jazeera spent with him, Ghani held face-to-face conferences with entrepreneurs and former authorities officers to encourage them not to surrender on the nation and to rise to the event.
“This is the hour of the need of the Afghans,” he mentioned.