Hamed Wardak on Building a Successful Afghanistan

Although we don’t necessarily hear about it all that often, Afghanistan sometimes has some great  news.  This has definitely been the case in recent times in the country’s Panjshir Province.  This province is a part of Afghanistan in which those working in the Provincial Reconstruction Team are able to move around without any restrictions.  So despite what might be going on in other parts of Afghanistan, Panjshir can give the whole region immense optimism.  This would make someone like Hamed Wardak, an activist seeking to improve the future for the citizens of Afghanistan, very happy.

Panjshir and Hamed Wardak

Panjshir is actually the newest of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces and if this is what the future of Afghanistan looks like, then it certainly will make its populace happy.  Indeed, a province like Panjshir is probably exactly what Afghan non-violence idealists dream the country will look like.  Someone like Wardak who is one of the founding members of the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan partnership would welcome such a province which also boasts stable governance.  This organization seeks to achieve “sustainable security and prosperity” for the country.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Discusses US-Afghan Relations

Although there have been some tensions, as of late, between President Obama and President Karzai of Afghanistan, they will be continuing talks today, Wednesday May 12th.  Watch this video, where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses America’s pledge to continue supporting Afghanistan and the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai.  Certainly, this news comes as a relief to those who are committed to Afghan-American relations such as Hamed Wardak and many others.

Afghanistan Taking Cricket by Storm

Not all the news coming out of Afghanistan is political and difficult.  In recent sports news, The Afghan cricket team is about to make their debut among the cricket elite at the Twenty20 World Cup.

“We have started playing cricket after watching cricketers from South Africa and India on television and now it’s like a dream come true that we will be competing against them,” Mangal told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from the team’s training camp at Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

Afghanistan will open its T20 World Cup against India on May 1 in St. Lucia.  They will then play South Africa at Barbados on May 5.

This is the type of event that Afghan leaders such as Hamed Wardak find refreshing and important.  Afghanistan is a living, breathing country just like any other, and one that deserves to experience everything from sports to economic prosperity just like any other nation.