By the name of God
Platform Document of the National Front for Democracy of Afghanistan Preface:
Our great country Afghanistan, with its rich history and proud culture, great national personalities, hard working and free people, forms a unique and vibrant civilization amongst others in this world.
As witnessed through the ages in struggles against despotic rules, Afghanistan has fought bravely and valiantly for freedom and justice. Yet, as a result of almost a continuous interference of the foreigners in the domestic affairs of Afghanistan because of its geopolitical significance, and the dominance of despotic regimes, Afghans were never afforded the opportunity to demonstrate their own strengths and capabilities. However, by the beginning of the 20th century, Afghan national and democratic forces founded social and political movements, specifically the first and second constitutional movements, which led to the independence of Afghanistan. National and democratic movements in the period of 1953 – 1964, and in the decade of democracy (1964 – 1973), made a very special, proud and honourable chapter in the political and national history of Afghanistan. While economic and social progress in Afghanistan continued after the July 13, 1973 coup, it was short lived as increasing foreign interference and an intensification of internal conflicts gradually worsened the political and social situation within the country. The political situation reached a critical point when, on May 27, 1978, another coup occurred which brought with it more incompetent government and led to the occupation of the country by Russian troops. As it had done for centuries before, Afghanistan and its people rebelled against this foreign occupation but incurred many tragedies and suffering for this action. Due to the weakness and diversity of the free, national and democratic forces across the country at the time, and the lack of familiarity with modern systems of government by the Afghan people, our struggling people became easy and manipulative tools in the hands of foreign neighbors. The question must be asked as to why they couldn’t see their goals compatible with an independent and strong Afghanistan?
While internal resistance against the occupying Russians forces mounted, democratic forces also came under prosecution. Many of the people calling for a democratic solution to the conflict were executed by players on both sides.
The attempt by the United Nations to transition power to the Mujaheddin forces in 1992 (1371) after the withdrawal of Russian forces from Afghanistan only intensified the violence and civil war. The result was social discord, riots, and hostilities broken out along racial, regional, and linguistic lines. The resulting civil wars and perpetual conflict provided the right conditions where a prehistoric institution like the Taliban could be born. Despite its backwardness mentality and anti humanitarian views, the Taliban offered security in a land knowing only turmoil, thereby gaining the power and capturing the country in its own form of "liberating" violence.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 turned world attention onto Afghanistan and facing a combined international and Afghan force, the Taliban government collapsed. The signing of the Bonn Accord, the installation of interim administration, the emergency Loya Jirga and the formation of the transitional government has put Afghanistan back on the road to democracy.
It is in the new era of positive change that the National Front of Democracy of Afghanistan has been established. The members of the National Front of Democracy of Afghanistan have established its goals and formed its organisational structure and, with the help of god and support of the people, are working to bring peace and democracy to this country with the cooperation and participation of other national and international institutions.
The Goals of the National Front for Democracy of Afghanistan
Domestic policy - Long term
1. The observation of Islam and other national Afghan traditions.
2. Support of the Bonn Accord and the belief in democratic procedure and pluralism.
3. Recognition of Afghanistan independence, territorial integrity and national sovereignty.
4. Belief in national unity and the need to play an active role against discrimination of all forms.
5. Support for a republican presidential system that is accountable to the parliament, with a clear separation of power and constitutional court.
6. Support for the formation of a national police and army, lead by professional officers and structured using internationally recognized principles and whose allegiance is to the state of Afghanistan.
7. Support for national disarmament.
8. Committed to pursuing an economic and social agenda that will improve the lives of all Afghan peoples.
9. Working for the voluntary and timely return of Afghans currently living temporarily in other countries.
10. Support for the planning and conduct of a national census that will provide decision-makers with reliable and comprehensive information.
11. Support for transparency and accountability within all government structures and processes government.
12. Support for revising the administrative and organisational structure of the country.
13. Belief in freedom of expression, thought and religion for all peoples in Afghanistan.
14. The recognition that Islam should be separated from politics.
15. Support the end to all cultivation, production, smuggling, traffic and abuse of drugs within Afghanistan and to encourage economically and socially sustainable income generation activities for those affected Afghans.
16. Take an active role in the struggle against all forms of extremism and terrorism.
17. Support for transitional justice and an international criminal court.
18. Request the help and assistance, without proviso, of the international community in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Afghanistan.
19. Using of all possible material and intellectual means and opportunities, peacefully and democratically promote and advance the goals of the National Front for Democracy of Afghanistan.
20. Fight against systemic administrative corruption and work to introduce modern, internationally recognized standards of public sector management and reform.
21. Take action to reduce poverty, improve the living conditions of all Afghans and particularly introduce social and health insurance programmes for the most vulnerable in our society, including but not limited to martyrs families, the disabled, the elderly and those economically challenged.
22. Work to create better employment opportunities for people throughout the country.
23. Support the protection of our environment along with the proper and responsible management of our sustainable resources.
24. Providing adequate opportunities for treatment of our psychotic and addicted patients.
25. Work for the equality and protection of women and men’s rights across all aspects of Afghan society.
26. Championing the rights of the disabled.
27. Working to facilitate the timely return of Afghan refugees to the country and all internally displaced persons.
28. Support the creation of institutions that will develop and strengthen civil society.
29. Ensuring that qualified people should be given priority when applying for work.
30. Support for the foundation of a better civil life for Afghan nomads.
31. Supports the expansion and further development of the free market economy in Afghanistan.
32. Is committed to the rehabilitation and promotion of agriculture through modernization.
33. Encourages the attraction of foreign investment capital and supports domestic investment in order to strengthen the industrialization process.
34. Supports the growth and development of local industries and handicrafts, by making available the necessary financial, technical and commercial resources.
35. Supports government ownership of minerals, forests, water sources and other resources that it is not privately owned.
36. Encourages the investment in and construction of critical nation-wide infrastructure including but not limited to, highways, wharves, bridges, tunnels, electrification and other sustainable energy sources.
37. Developing the necessary infrastructures to develop a sustainable tourism industry.
38. Supporting and promoting sound commercial policies.
39. Planning, coordinating and promoting sound and responsible fiscal and monetary policies.
Culture and Education:
40. Supporting and promoting the sustainable and balanced development of local and national Afghan culture.
41. The promotion and dissemination of peace, democracy and tolerance versus a culture of violence and aggression.
42. Strongly encourage all levels of government in the country to identify, protect and rehabilitate all archaeological and historical sites and to preserve them for future generations of Afghans.
43. To enlist the support of the international community to assist in returning archaeological, historical and/or cultural artefacts that were plundered and removed from Afghanistan during the years of civil unrest.
44. Modern sciences and technologies must be used to expand the intellectual and technical capabilities and skills of Afghans.
45. To make primary education throughout the country free and compulsory.
46. Actively develop programmes to eliminate illiteracy throughout Afghan society.
47. Establish such courses, seminars, symposiums, workshops and other activities to increase the level of awareness towards and tolerance amongst all Afghan peoples.
48. For those Afghans who could not complete their formal education, programmes should be made available to those who wish to continue with their education.
49. Practical and realistic programmes should be developed to promote the publishing of books on Afghan culture and society and to encourage the more domestic artistic activities.
50. That freedom of expression is supported and defended throughout Afghanistan.
51. That Afghan citizens can expect fair and equitable access to all government information.
52. That Afghanistan pursues the principal the its’ foreign policy will be based on the national interest.
53. That good relations with our neighbours are based on mutual respect and the right of peaceful coexistence.
54. Supports the establishment of a foreign policy that seeks to secure broad relations with other national governments in different areas of politics, economy and culture.
55. That Afghanistan intends to participate and take an active role in other international organisations such as the United Nations, Islamic countries conference, and other international organizations, in order to ensure that Afghanistan’s rights, freedoms and interests are properly represented.
56. That Afghanistan works with other countries and international organizations to eradicate all forms of international terrorism.
57. That Afghanistan supports the international human rights documents, the United Nations charter and other internationally accepted treaties and conventions.