Adventures of a Ghost from Kabul

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The Dostum – Akbar Bai Affair

There are rumors that attorney general Mr. Jabar Sabet with blessings from President Karzai himself has ordered Afghan National Police to arrest General Dostum in the coming days . Fearing this move by Afghan government, Dostum has already brought a number of his armed supporters secretly to Kabul and there is a imminent fear of armed conflict in Kabul.

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  Looking back at the whole saga, one can easily remember the days when Dostums and his friends in conflict had reduced the Afghan capital to rubbles during the 90’s.

I am fearing that the whole history of the 90’s will be repeated again if the government do not take swift and firm action against criminals like Dostum and his friends who are still largely part of the current government setup.

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March 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 5 Comments

Gulshanbe!

Thursday is called Gulshanbe (Gul = flower, shanbe = week day) in Afghanistan and you know why, because this is the best day of the week!

By the time you get up from bed, you are already thinking about the Friday that is tomorrow and the thought of it makes you just happy. Friday is the weekend in Afghanistan and everybody stays home, sleeping well into the day and doing nothing at all except enjoying themselves.

I particularly like the full 10 hour sleep that I get on Fridays, the large and tasty lunch with the whole family and last but not the least staying idle all day reading books and napping in the afternoon.

On Thursday me and my ghostly Friends go out (you might call it that in Kabul) and try hard to have some fun in Kabul. Mostly they are visits to the city centre (shopping mall, newly built), sometimes we go out to dinner on Thursdays to some place with good Chelam (Sheesha). It is nice and fun to just let go all the pressure from the week and just enjoy yourself for one day.

There are a number of things that we lack in Kabul which could have made our gulshanbe even more fun:

  • a nice cinema with latest Hollywood and Bollywood flicks
  • a night club (without all the security guys in it @@ wishful thinking!)
  • a romantic  restaurant where you could go to and not see any guns (total spoilers)
  • a bowling club (aaahhhhh)
  • a spot bar with live football matches from premier league! (definitely)
  • a health club and spa (with reasonable prices matching that of Delhi or Islamabad and not New York!)
  • What else?

I am sure there are other missing things from the scene in Kabul but already with the above list it almost covers everything a great city needs.

March 6, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Already hit by the curse of the Ghost!

Obama has been hit by the curse of the ghost! see it here.As soon as I learned that Obama is sorry about his name and as soon as he was cursed by my ghostly powers , it happened to him.

Even though, in my heart I want him to win but what he is doing in respect to his name and the connection with Islam is not acceptable from a person that I like very much.

So Barak! learn the lesson and try to behave well in future and then you might win the nomination and the presidency!

March 5, 2008 Posted by | Politics | | Leave a comment

I am disappointed Barak Hussain Obama!

It is official Obama is accepting appologies over the use of his middle name by his rivals!

Why the hell is he apologetic about his name? Again the question of the name and the religioin in US politics which is very shamefull to happen in a country which calls itself the most democratic country in the world! And it is more shamefull on part of Obama who is sorry about his origin and his name!

March 5, 2008 Posted by | Politics, Religion | | Leave a comment

Here it is , Obama is not Muslim!

Finally Obama has come clean and declared that he is not a Muslim after all!

The one thing that is very clear to me (now) is the fact that a Muslim citizen of America does not have a chance of ever becoming US president, but still the why part of the question is still un-answered. Well, whatever I am supporting Obama to win whether he has any religious believes or not, it really does not matter. As his supporters claim, I believe he really brings a new dimension into the American politics and every time he speaks change is in the air and change my brother is what is needed in America and the world today.

March 4, 2008 Posted by | Politics, Religion | , | Leave a comment

Obama fights false links to Islam??????

I have a hobby as you may call it a hobby that as soon as I arrive to my ghostly office I review all the news on the net. This morning as I was skimming through sites a Yahoo news article written by an AP writer really confused and upset me.

For Barack Obama, it is an ember that he has doused time and again, only to see it flicker anew: links to Islam fanned by false rumors, innuendo and association. Obama and his campaign reacted strongly this week when a photo of him in Kenyan tribal garb began spreading on the Internet.

Why? A Muslim can not become the President of United States? What about the American Muslims? How would they feel about this? let alone every Muslim on the face of earth.

The US mainstream media treat this Obama’s link to Islam as a dark secret that he is trying to hide. I am really confused and upset about the fact that muslims are openly told that you are not eligible to hold office just because you are Muslim. This is not democracy and equality!

Maybe it is not about Islam and it is about the white guys who do not want to see a black president? I am not sure, very confused.

I hope somebody will have answer to the question of why not a Muslim and a black president?

February 28, 2008 Posted by | Politics, Religion | , | Leave a comment

All the fuss about languages!

I am really tired of the recent spat about the use of some words (Danishgah, Danishjo and Danishkada) instead of others (Pohantoon, Mahsel, Pohanzai) . It is really boring to dicuss these minor issues at the time when Afghanistan faces huge challenges on all fronts.

Just to mention one important news in the last month alone more than 1200 peopole have died because of the cold wave hitting parts of the country and this has not attracted the kind of attention that the language game has attracted.

It is really disappointing that media organisations and political parties are using the language issue to stir ethnic and tribal tensions between the people of Afghanistan.

One can not count on political parties to avoid these spats, but I am very disappointed with the media outlets who are really putting petrol on the fire and making an issue out of it.

I was watching the Guftuman programme on Tolo last night and the performance of the anchor was shameful if nothing more. The guy really did not know anything about journalism ethics and was taking sides all the time. For example every time Mr. Habibullah Rafi a prominent Afghan scholar tried to reply to Mr. Anchor’s stupid questions, He would immediately cut him and do not let him speak freely. By contrast he allowed Mr. Rahnaward Zariab an Iranian agent working to destabilise Afghanistan by stirring this issue to make allegations without any proof and fact behind it.

I am sure that ordinary people are fed up with these unnecessary and useless discussions and would like the media to focus on what is good for Afghanistan collectively and not what is good for our neighbouring countries.

February 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Ghost with a blog!

Hi you all out there! here it is the first blog ( I have to check) by an official ghost. When I say the first I am not sure if this is the case and I will check that today with the ghost registry of blog writers. Anyways, I always wanted to have a blog and to communicate with my fellow ghosts as well as with humans but I did not had the means to do so (I will write about this latter!). Now that I have the means and I am doing the thing itself (blogging) I plan to write about everything a ghost feels (humans do not know about this) and hope that ghosts and humans a like will read my blog and appreciate or criticise its contents.

OK, this is the start and lets see where we go from now. I have to go somebody needs me and I will see you guys latter! ( I can see you but you could not).

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment