September 19, 2014

Zalmai Khalilzad stands in Afghan presidential election

By Ghanizada - Sat Jan 05 2013, 7:52 pm

Zalmai KhalilzadZalmai Khalilzad former US ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq and one of the members of the Republican party is due to nominate himself in the upcoming presidential election in Afghanistan.

A source close to Mr. Khalilzad speaking on the condition of anonymity told Khaama Press, “Afghanistan will need serious cooperation from the western nations specifically United States of America in the future and Mr. Khalilzad will be one of the reliable individual for Afghanistan beyond 2014, and therefore he will nominate himself in the upcoming presidential election.”

He said, “Mr. Khalilzad has full support of the Republicans who are having major seats in the US congress and this will definitely be one of the main opportunity for Afghanistan’s future since Khalilzad will also be supported inside the country. He will have major programs for the presidential election and currently he is holding talks with the political parties but he will announce his nomination in the near future.”

The source also added, “Mr. Khalilzad is currently negotiating with various political parties in Afghanistan and he has met with Gul Agha Sherzoi and Mahmood Karzai and has discussed the upcoming presidential election.”

He said Mr. Khalilzad has also met with a number of the former Mujahideen leaders and has indirectly negotiated his nomination for the upcoming election.

This comes as Wall Street Journal earlier also published a report which informed of Mr. Khalizad’s meeting with various political parties in Afghanistan to discuss the upcoming presidential election.

According to reports the electoral office of Zalmai Khalilzad is informally operating in capital Kabul where thousands are visiting his office on daily basis. The individuals who are coming from various provinces of Afghanistan are reportedly meeting with the head of the Khalilzad’s electoral office in Kabul city.

In the meantime reports also suggest that the electoral office of Zalmai Khalilzad has created a number of committees and has indirectly contacted with a number of the private media agencies to broadcast reports regarding his nomination.

Ehsanullah Bayat a member of the Afghan senate house and owner of the Ariana Television is said to be one of the individuals who is assisting Zalmai Khalilzad with his indirect presidential election campaign.

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  1. So now we will have an american running Afghanistan and sharing all the secrets of Afghan nation with Americans which under Karzai’s administration was probably slightly difficult to achieve. Are we really going to elect him?

    1. yes we heartly support from Mr khalilzaad cuz he is a wise person and all the international comunity knows him as a great person for afghan future

  2. Dear Baktash,

    Today in Afghanistan, Afghans need absolutely to vote for someone who is pro-american.
    If you vote a poor, old or a warlord man, Afghanistan won’t go after the right direction we will burn ourselves. Today you have to admit the fact that a civil war like 30years ago may be done again. We need assistance from West country absolutely!!!

    Do you want to see again 5millions afghans being killed ? You have the right to choose anyone you want but please be aware of your vote. The situation in Afghanistan is like when URSS have fled the country then a terrible civil war between different ethnic warlords has began. It is not by voting a farmer or a warlord that you will see peace and progress, trust me !

    Today we still need help from the world (economics helps are very important for the development) and Afghanistan could never stand-up alone! Never! Specially when you have Iran and Pakistan as neighbor!  I wish I could vote for the election but I am not living in Afghanistan, I dont have the right unfortunaly…

  3. Dear Mirwais Jan,

    I did not mean that whoever comes to the power be a pro or anti-american. The west has helped us get rid of ISI’s puppet government and build an army for which we are grateful. Could have they done better to have a working and effective administration in place is another topic but still the independence that we have today could not be imagined without their help.

    I do respect your views and personally do want a president who maintains a good relationship not only with the west but the whole world BUT his loyalty should only be confined to our beloved country. As an Afghan how can I trust a president who has not only sworn in to be loyal to another country but is serving as a top diplomat of that country as well.

    As an Afghan I will feel very ashamed to face the fact that as a nation we did not have a credible person as a president and like all other aids we had to import our top leader as well.

    As far as America is concerned, she is ONLY concerned about her own interests in the region and really doesn’t give a darn to our national interests. State department’s recent statement about the Durand Line, its back channel diplomacy with Iran and its silence over missile attacks by paki army are clear examples.

    I do understand that we need West’s significant support over the next decade or so but as a nation we should prioritise our own interests and importing an American will not really help with that.

    It is time for us to forget the ethnic differences, get united (which I believe we are getting more and more by each day) and let go of the phobia of the two prominent neighbours and have trust in ourselves. If we don’t make a strong nation now, I am afraid I see some of us being irani agents, some pakistani, some american and some indian.

  4. Dear sire Zalmay KhalilZad ,
    First of all I and all of our members hope to you success to all sections . I hope speak to you directly about very important subject . I request you your phone number .
    Your sincerely , Eng.Farid from Netherlands , Phone : 0031 787506933 , 0031649321209

  5. Dear Mr. Khalilzad,
    First wish you and your team members success . I just returned from Helmand Province where I work there with Coalition USMC.
    I would kindly request you to email me or provide me your telephone to discuss a very important matter.Very Urgent
    My  Canada No. 13066911028

  6. PS. I actually contacted Mr.Shirazam Shinwari ,whom I personally know from 1980s in Lashkargah.
    It was suggested to directly speak to you sir.
    AHADI Ehsan

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