Taliban’s move to ban political parties faces backlash

City of Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters

A day after the Taliban banned political parties’ activities in Afghanistan the National Islamic Movement Party, or Junbish-e-Milli led by Abdul Rashid Dostum, said the decision is part of Taliban’s moves to “darken” the lives of the people of the country.

Some other political currents consider this decision of the Taliban to be a double standard treatment and want it reviewed.

The Taliban’s Ministry of Justice declared on Wednesday that the activities of all political parties in Afghanistan are banned, asserting that they are not in line with the interests of the people.
Abdul Hakim Sharaee, the Taliban’s Acting Minister of Justice, informed reporters in Kabul that political parties lack a Sharia basis, rendering their continued operations unnecessary.
“Political parties do not have a Sharia basis, nor are they in the interest of the nation, nor does the nation want it. Experience has shown that the current destruction of the country is due to the country’s political parties,” he stated.
Under the republican government, Afghanistan housed numerous significant political parties that participated in at least three presidential elections in the country since 2001.

“After the dominance of this group (Taliban), they have imposed restrictions not only on the activities of the parties, but also on all the affairs of the people’s human life, which unfortunately, unfortunately, the people are living in very difficult and dark days,” said Ihsan Nairo, a Junbish-e-Milli spokesman

A number of other political currents also said that the Taliban itself is a party structure, while the Taliban party operates and other parties are abolished, according to these currents, such a decision is a double treatment.

“If it is supposed that the existence of parties does not have Sharia legitimacy, which is not the case, the Taliban movement, which is itself a party and organization, must be dissolved, that is, this is a double decision,” said Fazal Hadi Wezin, Chairman of the Council of Founders of the Afghanistan Rescue Movement.

Even though the existence of political parties is the need of every community to create a responsive and democratic system, now in which direction is it going in the absence of political parties in Afghanistan?

“By restricting the activity of political parties, blocking schools and universities, banning women’s right to work, canceling the constitution and elections, all of these lead Afghanistan to an autocratic, dictatorial and illegitimate system,” said Ghulam Farooq Alim, a political affairs expert.

Based on the information available on the website of the Ministry of Justice of the previous government, in 2021, the year when the republic fell, 73 political parties were officially active in Afghanistan.

Along with the fall of the republic, the activity of these parties in Afghanistan was also put to an end.