From Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum to Ata Mohammad Noor and to Salahuddin Rabbani, all leaders of the new opposition bloc are senior government officials who enjoy all state benefits, and also own a significant power share in the government. Still they declared themselves to be opposition, and have made certain demands on the government, some of which are against their own statements. For an instance, the new opposition has asked the government to ensure justice in addition to bringing about reforms in the government, a demand made by an opposition alliance whose key figures have repeatedly challenged justice in the country. Gen. Dostum is accused of raping his grey-bearded political rival, yet which member of the coalition will have the moral courage to say that justice should begin from the fair adjudication of Dostum’s human rights violation case. Instead of demanding his prosecution, the coalition has asked the government to restore his vice presidential powers. Ata Mohammad Noor has established an “empire” in northern Balkh province for over a decade, and has also continuously challenged government’s efforts aimed at reforming the provincial administration.
As main elements of the government, all members of the new coalition equally have a role in both the failures and successes of the government. Besides the president, they, as senior officials, are also responsible for government’s failures and achievements. Thus, had these individuals viewed the government as failed, it would have been better that they should have dared to quit their government jobs prior to the announcement of the new coalition.
Given the past activities of the main figures of this coalition, it is beyond belief that they might have allied on the basis of national interests because such alliances have become tools over the past decade and a half for protecting individual and partisan interests, and the new coalition also could not be an exception to the trend.