Kabul, 20 Sept. (AKI) – (by Syed Saleem Shahzad) – As vote counting continues after landmark parliamentary elections, Afghani power broker, Younus Qanooni, has warned that the country’s future cannot be modelled on a Western liberal democracy. “Afghans will never agree on any secular or liberal system. Islam is the modern system and Afghanistan’s future is tied with Islam,” he said, in an exclusive interview with Adnkronos International (AKI) on Tuesday. Qanooni, who was a key figure in the Northern Alliance which helped the US overthrow the Taliban in 2001, heads the 12-party National Understanding Front.
“The Taliban distorted the image and teachings of Islam, otherwise Islam is a very tolerant and progressive religion which co-exists with the international community very well,” he asserted.
As we see all over the world, from Indonesia to Chechnya and Bosnia. And don’t forget Nigeria.