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 گزیده های مقالات فرهنگی فلسفی  ډاکـټـررحـمـت ربی زیرک یار


  THE UGLY SCARS OF COLONIALISM/ COVER LETTER          By    Dr. Rahmat  Rabi  Zirakyar


Dr. Rahmat Rabi Zirakyar, Independent Scholar of Pashtun/ Afghan Heritage, USA


April 2, 2011

This cover letter and the attached manuscript (The Ugly Scars of Colonialism: Pashtuns and Balochs Struggling for 172 Years) were send to: the Secretary General of the United Nations; U.S. President, Vice-President and Secretary of State;  the British Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and the Prince of Wales; German Prime Minister ; French President; European Union; Secretary General of the Balcoh Government in Exile;  and major think tanks

Honorable /Excellency….:

A great global awakening is upon us. Our mission is to remove the ugly scars of colonialism.  The area known in the West as the Middle East, burns from populist outrage. Inattentive governments and residual dictatorships from the colonial period enjoying ostentatious lifestyle and disdaining the welfare of common citizens of their respective countries have resulted in revolution. In the Near East and South Asia sectors there are similarities behind discontent. Yet, perhaps the most destructive to regional harmony is the ongoing war in Afghanistan and bordering Pashtunkhwa (Pashtun Country).  Here, as well, we find the deleterious footprint of colonial superpowers. Imaginary  boundary  demarcations forced upon the inhabitants without concern for tribe, family or property rights, and the muting of citizen/public voices from deliberations impact their daily lives.

During the 19th century Great Britain threatened and launched attacks from British Indian territory against the Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s majority ethnic group, which resulted in the illegal Durand Treaty (1893) and its imaginary Durand Line that divided major ethnic groups and laid false claim to parcels of the territory of Afghanistan. These illegal codicils have not been properly adjudicated in the international, academic, or political legal arenas. For poor countries that themselves are victim to incessant warfare and resource exploitation, have not been afforded a voice or platform in international affairs.

In 1979, it was the Soviet Union that brought division and ethnic rivalry through minority population manipulation, and a myopic strategy to divide Afghanistan, code-named “Operation Kaskad.” Like their British counterparts, the Soviet Union’s plan to control resistance to their occupation through ethnic rivalry set the stage for civil unrest and division, and as some historians view, perhaps the most bloody civil unrest in the tumultuous history of Afghanistan.

Today, the international armada known as the American-led ISAF Contingent has Afghanistan under occupation.  The Afghan people had no role in the attack on the United States on 9/11. Yet their independence, and indeed their safety, is compromised by outside influences as the region is gripped by gratuitous and endemic violence. Resistance to endless interference in the affairs of another country is the motive-force behind much of the civil disobedience and unrest worldwide.  In intelligence jargon, it is cast as “blowback”. The peoples of the world are demanding an end to war, occupation, hunger, illegal demarcation of boundaries for martial control (“divide and conquer”), ethnic manipulation strategies, resource exploitation, and political decisions drafted by foreign powers from capitals in Europe and the United States.

The attached manuscript details the sordid result of 172 years of colonial-overlord governance in Afghanistan and neighboring Pashtunkhwa and Balochistan, and Pakistan. Centuries of exploitation, the administration by external powers of sovereign nation’s economies, individual freedoms, and political discourse have resulted in the erosion of state’s rights, civil liberties as guaranteed in international law.

Let us here today make a difference. Let us here today pledge to denounce the cruel, colonial period, and to designate this honorable commitment as a crucible with which to forge genuine peace and true democracy for the people of Afghanistan , its bordering Pashtunkhwa (Pashtun Country) and  Balochistan,  and Pakistan.

   Yours  Sincerely

   Dr. Rahmat R. Zirakyar



رفقا، دوستان عزیزتارنمای وطندار !  لطفاً نظرات، پیشنهادات، انتقادات، مقاله ها، نوشته ها، مضامین و مطالب علمی و تحلیلی خود را جهتِ نشر به ادرس پوست الکترونیکی سایت بفرستید