A new political movement, “Afghanistan National Movement for Peace and Justice” led by the former Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hanif Atmar announced its establishment.
The Atmar-led movement places more emphasis on peace and progressing the Doha intra-Afghan negotiations, unlike other political movements that call for the overthrow of the current government and propose alternative systems.
According to Hanif Atmar, the leader of the Peace and Justice political movement, peace and prosperity cannot be achieved without a legitimate system. For him, a major barrier to enduring peace in Afghanistan is the Taliban government’s illegitimacy.
According to Atmar, the legitimacy and a legitimate system must be based on the will of the people. The Doha Agreement, according to him, marked the beginning of the republic regime’s downfall, and the parties failed to fulfill all their obligations under the agreement.
Atmar stated that legitimacy and a legitimate system must be based on the will of the people. He contends that the Doha Agreement marked the collapse of the republican regime and that the parties have not complied with all of their obligations under the agreement.
To achieve an inclusive political agreement, he suggested that intra-Afghan talks be initiated.
In the opening program of the Peace and Justice movement, Jalil Shams, a member of the leadership of the movement, declared that “our ideals and goals are the same as those of the Taliban.” Shams asserted that “the distinction lies in how the difference is interpreted.”
However, the reactions to this political movement are not optimistic. Political researcher and former Afghan presidential candidate, Dr. Faramarz Tamana in reaction to the formation of the Peace and Justice movement said that “those who were a big part of the problem can never be the solution.”
Tamana further claimed that 98% of the movement’s members are former officials from the previous Afghan government, who “razed Afghanistan’s 20-year achievements to the ground and in the end ran away cowardly with millions of dollars.”
The Supreme Council of National Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan member and leader of the Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan, Mohammad Mohaqiq, said that “hiring a few officials will not solve the problem.”
Despite not mentioning Hanif Atmar’s party by name, Mohaqiq implied by mentioning that “the solution to the Afghanistan problem is a genuine and meaningful negotiation,” and not hiring a few officials to gain legitimacy.