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Abdul Kadir Mohmand
Abdul Kadir Mohmand
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بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
در ملاقات ۸ نوامبر در وزارت خارجه امریکا ما خواهان استقلال دایمی افغانستان و آزادی همه زندانیان را شدیم

January 2, 2013

To the Honorable John F. Kerry, U.S. Senator
Chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee
304 Russell Bldg. Third floor
Washington D.C. 20510
RE: Afghanistan: Letter from One Former Soldier to Another
Dear Senator Kerry:
I, along with many other Afghans, who fought the Soviets and Afghan communists in the 1980s, want to see true peace and stability in Afghanistan. We fought the communists in the 1980s to free Afghanistan, to stop the spread of communism in the world, and for peace and stability. I fear that the current U.S. foreign policy will lead to more bloodshed in Afghanistan in 2014 and beyond.
As I informed the U.S. Department of State at a meeting on November 8, 2012, when I was in Afghanistan I was told by the Afghan resistance that there were three prisoners, an American woman and soldiers. In addition, I informed the State Department officials that the resistance told me they want face-to-face talks with the U.S. decision makers regarding the prisoners and peace without the involvement of Pakistan, the Karzai government or other foreign countries. Mr. Hamid Karzai is coming to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. officials on January 7, 2013 for discussions regarding a strategic agreement (s). I believe that any strategic agreement(s) will not be acceptable to the Afghan silent majority and resistance unless they are part of the negotiations.
For the past eleven years after hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions of U.S. dollars spent, the Holbrooke Plan, which is dividing the ethnic groups in Afghanistan and dividing the Pashtuns themselves, is not working. I believe that more of the same kind of talks will not be successful and will not lead to the release of the prisoners and true peace if Karzai’s government and Pakistan lead the negotiations, because the resistance leaders want to talk directly with the U.S. decision makers. These talks will just delay and prevent peace, and prevent the homecoming of these prisoners.
On August 22, 2012, I along with another member of our peace group, went to Afghanistan to talk with all Afghan groups to obtain their perspectives on how to achieve Afghan unity and peace. We traveled to many provinces including Helmand, Kunar, Jalalabad, Shamali and others.
We met and discussed how to achieve peace and unity with Afghan resistance leaders, UNAMA officials, with the Deputy Ambassador of the U.S. Embassy , religious scholars, Shia religious leaders, tribal leaders, many ministers and parliament members of the Kabul government, Afghan women organizations, Afghan engineer and medical societies and other organizations, presidents, deans, and professors from universities across Afghanistan, leaders from various political parties, influential Afghans, and last but not least villagers. (Please see the attached Notes from Our Trip) The main concerns and opinions that were expressed by the Afghans we met are the following:
· Afghans want unity and peace. They want an end to the war and foreign troops to leave. Afghan people want a friendship with the U.S. but they want their true independence. They are looking for a true national leader not a corrupt one nor one selected for them. Afghans believe they do not have a national leader.

· The Afghan resistance wants to negotiate directly with the U.S. without any foreign countries interfering. They do not want to repeat the mistakes made during the 1980s during the Soviet occupation and war when the negotiations went through Pakistan.

· They do not want a corrupt government with war lords like they have now nor a national government that consists of and is controlled by one resistance group such as Hezb- i-Islami or Jamiat. They want a government that is a coalition and represents all Afghans. They believe there will not be peace and stability if one resistance group such as Hezb-i- Islami or Jamiat is put into power and supported by the United States.

· Afghans fear there will be blood shed when the troops withdraw in 2014 and ethnic retaliation because of the division caused by the foreigners and Karzai government during these past eleven years.

· Afghans believe that the Afghan High Peace Council is not capable of bringing peace because during the past three years they have accomplished nothing except some members have increased their wealth.

· Afghans are concerned about the elections in 2014 because the current Afghan government is not prepared to hold such elections.

· Afghan women are experiencing problems under the corrupt Afghan government. The U.S. support of corrupt officials has harmed Afghan women. Rape and other crimes against women have increased. Afghans do not like the Karzai government and other war profiteers using Afghan women and children as sex slaves for foreigners.

· The Pashtun, the majority, are being killed and treated as enemies by the U.S. The Pashtun people do not understand why the U.S. is treating them in this manner. The Pashtun people throughout Afghanistan are very angry. They realize that the U.S. is using Hezb-i- Islami to divide the Pashtuns. They fear that this division will cause more bloodshed and innocent lives lost.

· Afghans are concerned that their vast mineral wealth, rare earth elements and earth materials are being stolen by the war lords, war profiteers and the foreigners. The supermajority of the Afghan people will become poorer while a few Afghan war profiteers become extremely wealthy.

· Afghan people do not understand why the U.S. keeps paying aid monies and CERT monies to war profiteers, members of political parties like Hezb Islami, Jamiat Islami, Sayaf, war lords and the Karzai government when the reconstruction is not taking place or is very shoddy such as the bridge in Kunar.

· Afghan people are angry with the killing of civilians and tribal leaders in the Pashtun areas.

· Afghans are concerned about the contamination of their environment by uranium –tipped weaponry and lack of infrastructure to handle the waste properly.

Based on our encounters with the Afghan resistance leaders, tribal leaders and many other Afghans throughout Afghanistan, our conclusion is that the Afghan resistance and the Afghan silent majority do want true peace and unity. All Afghans are thirsty for peace except some members of the Karzai government and war profiteers from all nations.
The division of Pashtuns needs to stop if there is to be peace and stability. I fear that the current U.S. and Karzai strategy will lead to bloodshed for many years to come. As history has shown, when the approximately fifty million Pashtuns really see and understand that they are being divided, they will unite to defend themselves. On the ground, I saw that Afghans are now quietly preparing for war in 2014. I do not want to see more bloodshed occur because it is not in the best interests of the people of Afghanistan and the United States.
As a former soldier, you know that war is not a solution. It just leads to a cycle of bloodshed. To bring true peace in Afghanistan the silent Afghan majority and all Afghan Resistance groups need to be involved in peace negotiations and agreements. Our peace group can be the bridge. I along with other members of our group would like to meet with you to discuss bringing these prisoners home and true peace to Afghanistan. Senator Kerry, please see my attached notes and photographs. Thank you.
Sincerely,

Kadir A. Mohmand, Founder of ANPC
6147 Old Log Trail
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
(269) 353-7044
kadirmohmand@gmail.com
Photo: ‎بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
در ملاقات ۸ نوامبر در وزارت خارجه امریکا ما خواهان استقلال دایمی افغانستان و آزادی همه زندانیان را شدیم

January 2, 2013

To the Honorable John F. Kerry, U.S. Senator
Chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee
304 Russell Bldg. Third floor
Washington D.C. 20510
RE: Afghanistan: Letter from One Former Soldier to Another
Dear Senator Kerry:
I, along with many other Afghans, who fought the Soviets and Afghan communists in the 1980s, want to see true peace and stability in Afghanistan. We fought the communists in the 1980s to free Afghanistan, to stop the spread of communism in the world, and for peace and stability. I fear that the current U.S. foreign policy will lead to more bloodshed in Afghanistan in 2014 and beyond.
As I informed the U.S. Department of State at a meeting on November 8, 2012, when I was in Afghanistan I was told by the Afghan resistance that there were three prisoners, an American woman and soldiers. In addition, I informed the State Department officials that the resistance told me they want face-to-face talks with the U.S. decision makers regarding the prisoners and peace without the involvement of Pakistan, the Karzai government or other foreign countries. Mr. Hamid Karzai is coming to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. officials on January 7, 2013 for discussions regarding a strategic agreement (s). I believe that any strategic agreement(s) will not be acceptable to the Afghan silent majority and resistance unless they are part of the negotiations.
For the past eleven years after hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions of U.S. dollars spent, the Holbrooke Plan, which is dividing the ethnic groups in Afghanistan and dividing the Pashtuns themselves, is not working. I believe that more of the same kind of talks will not be successful and will not lead to the release of the prisoners and true peace if Karzai’s government and Pakistan lead the negotiations, because the resistance leaders want to talk directly with the U.S. decision makers. These talks will just delay and prevent peace, and prevent the homecoming of these prisoners.
On August 22, 2012, I along with another member of our peace group, went to Afghanistan to talk with all Afghan groups to obtain their perspectives on how to achieve Afghan unity and peace. We traveled to many provinces including Helmand, Kunar, Jalalabad, Shamali and others.
We met and discussed how to achieve peace and unity with Afghan resistance leaders, UNAMA officials, with the Deputy Ambassador of the U.S. Embassy , religious scholars, Shia religious leaders, tribal leaders, many ministers and parliament members of the Kabul government, Afghan women organizations, Afghan engineer and medical societies and other organizations, presidents, deans, and professors from universities across Afghanistan, leaders from various political parties, influential Afghans, and last but not least villagers. (Please see the attached Notes from Our Trip) The main concerns and opinions that were expressed by the Afghans we met are the following:
· Afghans want unity and peace. They want an end to the war and foreign troops to leave. Afghan people want a friendship with the U.S. but they want their true independence. They are looking for a true national leader not a corrupt one nor one selected for them. Afghans believe they do not have a national leader.

· The Afghan resistance wants to negotiate directly with the U.S. without any foreign countries interfering. They do not want to repeat the mistakes made during the 1980s during the Soviet occupation and war when the negotiations went through Pakistan.

· They do not want a corrupt government with war lords like they have now nor a national government that consists of and is controlled by one resistance group such as Hezb- i-Islami or Jamiat. They want a government that is a coalition and represents all Afghans. They believe there will not be peace and stability if one resistance group such as Hezb-i- Islami or Jamiat is put into power and supported by the United States.

· Afghans fear there will be blood shed when the troops withdraw in 2014 and ethnic retaliation because of the division caused by the foreigners and Karzai government during these past eleven years.

· Afghans believe that the Afghan High Peace Council is not capable of bringing peace because during the past three years they have accomplished nothing except some members have increased their wealth.

· Afghans are concerned about the elections in 2014 because the current Afghan government is not prepared to hold such elections.

· Afghan women are experiencing problems under the corrupt Afghan government. The U.S. support of corrupt officials has harmed Afghan women. Rape and other crimes against women have increased. Afghans do not like the Karzai government and other war profiteers using Afghan women and children as sex slaves for foreigners.

· The Pashtun, the majority, are being killed and treated as enemies by the U.S. The Pashtun people do not understand why the U.S. is treating them in this manner. The Pashtun people throughout Afghanistan are very angry. They realize that the U.S. is using Hezb-i- Islami to divide the Pashtuns. They fear that this division will cause more bloodshed and innocent lives lost.

· Afghans are concerned that their vast mineral wealth, rare earth elements and earth materials are being stolen by the war lords, war profiteers and the foreigners. The supermajority of the Afghan people will become poorer while a few Afghan war profiteers become extremely wealthy.

· Afghan people do not understand why the U.S. keeps paying aid monies and CERT monies to war profiteers, members of political parties like Hezb Islami, Jamiat Islami, Sayaf, war lords and the Karzai government when the reconstruction is not taking place or is very shoddy such as the bridge in Kunar.

· Afghan people are angry with the killing of civilians and tribal leaders in the Pashtun areas.

· Afghans are concerned about the contamination of their environment by uranium –tipped weaponry and lack of infrastructure to handle the waste properly.

Based on our encounters with the Afghan resistance leaders, tribal leaders and many other Afghans throughout Afghanistan, our conclusion is that the Afghan resistance and the Afghan silent majority do want true peace and unity. All Afghans are thirsty for peace except some members of the Karzai government and war profiteers from all nations.
The division of Pashtuns needs to stop if there is to be peace and stability. I fear that the current U.S. and Karzai strategy will lead to bloodshed for many years to come. As history has shown, when the approximately fifty million Pashtuns really see and understand that they are being divided, they will unite to defend themselves. On the ground, I saw that Afghans are now quietly preparing for war in 2014. I do not want to see more bloodshed occur because it is not in the best interests of the people of Afghanistan and the United States.
As a former soldier, you know that war is not a solution. It just leads to a cycle of bloodshed. To bring true peace in Afghanistan the silent Afghan majority and all Afghan Resistance groups need to be involved in peace negotiations and agreements. Our peace group can be the bridge. I along with other members of our group would like to meet with you to discuss bringing these prisoners home and true peace to Afghanistan. Senator Kerry, please see my attached notes and photographs. Thank you.
Sincerely,

Kadir A. Mohmand, Founder of ANPC
6147 Old Log Trail
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
(269) 353-7044
kadirmohmand@gmail.com

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