October 01, 2014

Concerns over schismatic campaigns on 2012 Peace Awards

By Khushnood Nabizada - Fri Jul 13 2012, 11:18 pm

Recently United Nations Development Program (UNDP) together with N-Peace Network have nominated 100 peace builders from 6 South Asian countries for 2012 Peace Award. The selections have been based on the past civil and peaceful work activities.

Afghanistan has been included in this process for the first time.

There are 12 candidates from Afghanistan all with civil works background except Farkhunda Zahra Naderi who is a politician in addition to being rights activist. Miss Naderi got the title of peace ambassador by Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in 2010.

How votes are counted?

Each candidate has a specific online page where an E-mail holder can vote by submitting his/her valid E-mail ID and verifying it from the inbox.

The concept of voting and campaigns

The voting concept for the peace award is based on the civil believes and democratic values and public fame in consideration of the candidates’ peaceful activities as it is a fully social and civil process.

Peace award with a hatred campaign

Qahramana Kakar who is one of the candidates from Afghanistan; her supporters have recently published an article in one of Afghan Pashtu web portals (http://www.larawbar.net/32597.html) that contains hatred and schismatic message.

This unprofessional campaigning method has been used specifically against Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, another Afghan candidate for the peace award 2012. This methodology is totally against this awarding process as it does not speak of any peace activity.

In response, supporters for Farkhunda Zahra Naderi have been criticizing this method of campaigning through social networking websites.

Sulaiman Nabeel, a Kabul citizen said, “I strongly condemn Mrs. Kakar’s campaigning method which speaks of schismatic and hatred. Silence of Qahramana Kakar against this article after public criticism will increase rage of peace builders and civil society members.”

This comes as the published article by Qahrmana Kakar’s supporters has directly attacked a specific Afghan Ethnic group to which Ms. Naderi is related to.

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