Posted by: Editor | December 16, 2008

Bashardost’s Presidential Campaign in Full Bloom — Offline and Online

Dr. Bashardost's Online Campaign Badge

Dr. Bashartost's supporters have launched a website, through which they hope to reach out to people around the world.

Kabul — Doctor Ramazan Bashardost has initiated his campaign for Afghanistan’s September 2009 presidential elections, fully harnessing online and offline means of outreach.

The hard-hitting political maverick has launched his campaign with a  rudimentary website and  a Youtube video (embedded below), in addition to distributing posters and using public announcement systems in cities in Afghanistan.

In his Youtube video, he criticizes the current political establishment, and asks the people to ‘help out’ in choosing his vice presidents and laying out his election platform. His video is in Dari and Pashto. Referring to his staunchly independent position and non-elitist attitude, Bashardost says in his video he does not belong to the “tribe of Land Cruisers and the Party of Dollars and Rupees.”

However, he plans to raise campaign donations “only from the people.”

He has also started using automobile units with public announcement systems campaigning for him in the streets of Kabul. His posters have be seen in parts of some towns and cities across Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bashardost’s supporters have also launched a website (link opens in new window). The website aims to reach out to the people across the country as well as around the world. They also hope to solicit campaign contributions for his campaign.

Dr. Bashardost’s campaign is one of the earliest — if not the earliest — in this election cycle, starting months ahead of the September elections. However, there are doubts over whether elections will take place at all, given the current security situation of the country.

Other candidates who have expressed intentions to run include, among others, former attorney general Abduljabbar Sabit, Peer Syed Ahmad Gilani, Younis Qanooni, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Dr. Anwarulhaq Ahadi, Zalmai Khalilzad, and President Karzai. No other Hazara candidate has expressed a desire to run in the elections so far.

Dr. Bashardost, however, is striving to bolster his image as a national candidate, representing the people rather than one group or party. His platform so far includes infrastructure development, fight against poverty and illiteracy, promotion of justice, trial of human rights violators and war criminals and promotion of civil liberties.

He has a Ph.D. in political science and law, as well as graduate and postgraduate degrees in diplomacy, political science and law.


Bashardost’s campaign video:

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Responses

  1. In the name of Bamiyan …….
    If editor could manage his menifesto …..???
    and his thoughts about the power structure of Afghanistan ……??????????
    This election will be an eye opener for Mr Bashardost and will turn him towards his mainstream …………………….
    It is a fact that most juali gar in kabul are still hazara …some 90%….. and in shehr daari (bangi) hazaras still are in majority ……coz they have always played the compromise (sholay kho bokhar parde kho kano ) policy ……..
    shehrdarians e america the black got the presidentship now let see what happens here ….
    I really believe it will give some moral to hazaras living anywhere and in condition …….even if bashardost do not call himself Hazara …..and even if he is made a pittu President ……as Kharzai is ……….he can also be used against Uzbek Dostum ….for Dostum is alleged to kill some 2000 talibans in container near dasht e laili ….. which will sabotage Hazara Uzbek relations …….and may also fuel the shia sunni conflict between shia and sunni turks ………..
    Ba amman e Bamiyan

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  3. Salam ba hama-ye-dostan!!!!

    I as a proud hazara believe that Ramazan Bashardost is one of the qualified candidates for the upcoming presidential race in Afghanistan, which is going to be held among [more than] ten dependent and independent candidates. BUT,

    We Hazaras really don’t realize who BASHARDOST is???? his of way of speaking, interacting with people, appearance, opinions and etc..seem to be alike other hazara brothers……but we have a big doubt whether he is going to lead Afghanistan towards another tragedy ……????

    He claims that he gets the expenditure that incur during the presidential race from the people…but i can’t remember the we [hazaras] and [others] paid him a cash!!!!!!!!!!! Where he satisfy these expenses from???? Is he really want to lead Afghanistan or Lead us [hazara nation]???

    We had several other leaders that used to appear in front of the people…talked about the prosperity of Afghanistan and Hazara nation…But what they did was only shedding the bloods of others with the expense of the blood of our own hazara brother!!! was that a real leadershape? AND now they are either passed away or mere enjoying their lives doing nothing for our nation.

    Alike, Bashardost might be the same tricker!!! because of:

    1. He was raised and educated in Iran….the country who is always in plans for ruining our beloved country, the country which has played with our dignity during the time of immigration..[and still doing it], and the country that disgraced our sisters in Iran during that time….

    HOW CAN A PERSON WHO IS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN SUCH AN EVIL COUNTRY [IRAN] HELP OUR NATION, OUR COUNTRY, AND OUR PEOPLE? HOW CAN BE ABLE TO BRING SOCIAL INTEGRITY TO OUR SCATTERED NATIONS??
    HOW CAN A PERSON WHO IS STUFFED WITH THE WORST EVER OPINIONS BE ABLE TO SERVE OUR HAZARA NATION????? HOW CAN A PERSON WHO IS OPINIONATED BY OUR ENEMY WILL STICK AS A FRIEND???

    Let’s judge in a fair way and don’t let Afghanistan scattered once again!!!

    The important thing that matters to Hazaras is the integrity, entirety, international reputation of Afghanistan ……….

    I will vote for him because he is a Hazara!!!! But i will be careful when i am there marking his name in the election day…I will think thousand times and then mark!!!!!

    Allah Hafez,
    Jaafar
    Kabul

  4. In the name of Bamiyan ………
    the way your beloved prophet musa was narished in firouns’s palace ……………..
    2ndly you dont have an ulternative ….
    3rdly hazaras only want to be recognised as a different ethnicity from pashtuns and tajiks but near uzbeks in the so called internaitional community ……..
    4th hazaras only have a moral and courage to work and help prosperity of afghanistan ….
    5th hazaras abroad feel a sense of security and affection towards their lands and people and the investment if they wish to …….
    6th hazaras problams be solved if not at least be addressed ………….
    7th he should be voted to pave the way for our upcoming political, geographical stretigies …..
    he should be voted for he is the only hazara and an deserving son of the soil ……
    Ba amman e Bamiyan ……

  5. Jaafar – you are doing the right thing if you are thinking a 1,000 times before voting.

    Your vote is the most precious asset that you have which will help the future of Hazaras and Hazaristan.

    You have every right to question and critique Mr. Bashardost as he has to earn your vote.

    The sole point that you raised which casts a doubt on your support to Mr. Bashardost is his stint in Iran.

    You are right in saying that Iran worked against Hazaras nationalism and sought to divide Hazaras on religious lines. Iran was working to bring in the Tajik based administration in Kabul which was against Hazara interests.

    Hazaras are Hazaras regardless of their religious inclination. All Hazaras are related to eachother by blood regardless of the fact of they are Sunni, Shia or Ismaili…our thinking should be above these religious divisions.

    Mr. Bashardost admits that he did his primary and secondary education from Iran and soon afterwards he moved to Pakistan and then proceeded to France. Please bear in mind that these were extraordinary times for the people of Afghanistan as the country was ravaged by 20 plus years of war. People moved out of their home and became refugeess not out of their own free will but were left with no option.

    Mr. Bashardost like millions of other countrymen were forced to seek refuge in other countries…but what puts Mr. Bashardost apart from the majority that he did not pursue for a citizenship in France which he could have gotten very easily.

    This shows his true intentions and love for the country and its people, the genuine feelings that he has.

    Regards,
    Haider

  6. In the name of Bamiyan ………
    Yaad shi bakhair ……Muharram ham aamad …now the news updates will be “ashura exclusive pictures 2009 ” muharram in toronto ” 10th in barchi ” chaool accross the roads of Marri abad and brori”
    sydney shia hazaras offering ashura …etc
    but it is not necesary for a nationalist to be religious or non religious ………..if from 5 dag e chaool/berenj one is cut for Hazaragi future and authority ……..this matam is and will be going on but we hazaras too will remain to offer and record our protest against the inequality and injustices of the civilised international community and our worthless and humble effort towards Hussain and Aal e Hussain ….
    Show bazi and Siyal dargi on the name of nazar e Imam will be disrespecting Imam …….
    Ba amman E Bamiyan …………….

  7. the amount of one dag berenj/chaool can be contributed to Bashardost’s campaign as he has us after his God regardless of borders ,idealogies ,sects and tribes ……… ??

  8. FIRST OF ALL SALAM TO ALL HAZARA,
    IM SO PROUD WE HAVE A PERSON THE NAME OF BASHAR DOST.I FEEL SO SHAME WHEN MOHAQEQ SOLD HIS VOTE TO THAT HARAMZADA WAHABE SAYAF.
    I HOPE BASHAR DOST DONT DO THAT AGINE LIKE MOHAQEQ.

  9. Salam my Afghan brothers,

    I am Pashtun and I will vote for Dr Bashardost.
    Why?
    We are obligated by Allah to be honest.
    At this time I dont see any other candidate whos hands are not colored with the blood of Afghans except Bashardost. There is no other candidate who is not associated with foreign intelegence cervices except Bashardost.

    I wish you good luck, Dr. Bashardost

  10. Salam to All,

    Please people stop race and ethnicity questions and past problems. Lets be open minded and vote for someone who can lead us. Ethnicy divisions really broke our bones and lets realize and cure that.

    Lets not even question what ethnicity or geographic location we are from. We are all from one location and one country. No one could proof the origins or right of existence in Afghanistan. No history could verify that. Everybody lived in Afghanistan for centuries.

    In Fact, in 2005 Bashardost got most of its votes from Pashtuns and Tajiks. Hazaras voted for Muhaqiq. So, I could say that we have change little bit and inshallah we will proof it this year.

    Now people think of their nations and not currepted people who ruined our nation. I think Basherdost is the most independent person, educated, does not dicriminate.

    He is the only candidate that has never ever mentioned ethinicity in any of his speech. He does not favor North VS South or East VS West. He always talks about Afghanistan not ethnicities.

    I am not a Hazara, but I will vote for Basherdost and I believe he will bring change to our principal system.

    Yes we can win. Go for Ramazan Basherdost. Lets make a history and show the world that Muslims do not discriminate!

  11. Hi I think bashar dost is one of the most strong bleiver of equality the compermise and equality is the key to solve afghanistans problome if you want to see peace in Afghanistan please vote for dr bashar dost

  12. My afghanistani brathars and sistars oftar long time we find a chans to chinge the things by our vote. And I know the forin hands is stile pleing a good game in our boyotiful home land. Dear afghans let’s say NO for natoinalest and forin slives. We all know thay will take ous to the hill. And start rebilding Afghanistan by your vote to dr bashar dost. I blive if we vote to dr r bashar dost; we voted for our cuntry and we voted for unity and peacefull and secure Afghanistan. togethar we are strangar, khalil

  13. to all brother and sisters
    salam
    my vote is for bashardost,and the reason this man is not corrupt.he never involved in killing of innocent peoples.he is an educated person.
    he talks about the unity of afghanistan and all nations and tribes of afghanistan.
    he has respect for all race and culture and language.
    i think mostly pashtoons will vote this guy like me,and he deserve it.
    many thanks for reading

  14. hi salam to tammi qawmaii giramai
    ba umeed inki our great personality MR DR RAMAZAN BASHAR DOST will be the presedent of ISLAMIC REPOBLIC OF AFGHANISTAN :
    WE MUST VOTE the one that who can fell our sensiation
    every one wants peace and equality
    he is the man that can only bring peace and freedom in afghanistan
    he can save the country the people and the future of new generation
    thanks ……… VOTE VOTE VOTE HIMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  15. i am simply afghan and i will vote for a person like ramazan who is trying to promote peace for AFGHANS none of the other none sense (hazara, pashtun, blah blah blah)

    and if you think he is not a good enough or is not educated enough please, i beg you to read about him and his policies. thank you salam

  16. I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST BROTHER DR RAMAZAN BASHAR DOST,
    I WISH ALL THE HONEST PEOPLE VOTE FOR YOU,
    IT IS MY WISH TO CAN COME AFGHANISTAN TO VOTE FOR BASHAR DOST,BUT I CANT,
    I HOPE THE BROTHERS AND SISTER WHO IS IN AFGHANISTAN VOTE FOR AZADI BARABARE BROTHERE,HAMBASTAGI, THANKS

  17. Dear Brothers and sisters,

    I believe Dr. Basherdost is an outstanding individual to dare to be in Kabul and represent those in need.

    I think he sees beyond tribes and ethnicity, but the actual person we need has to be the one that can food in people’s stomach at the end of the day.

    Dr. Ghani is a perfect man for the job, not only has he the credentials as a IMF Director but also have worked as a minister of finance in Afghanistan (during his term many major tasks were accomplished) even though against tough oppositions.

    Lets hope Dr. Basherdost considers joining forces with Dr. Ghani and we can unite as one Afghans for one common purpose.

    Respect

  18. salam bahama hamwatanane aziz
    long live bashardost

  19. Salam sad Salam ba hama
    ba hamai e hawadaran e aqai Dr. Ramazan Bashardost Sahib. Omid ast k Hama marodome afghanistan Dr Sahib ra rai be dahad.
    Was Salam.

  20. salam people of afghanistan!!!

    Not PASHTUN, HAZARA, TAJIK etc, we are all AFGHAN BROTHERS and SISTERS.

    PLEASE PLEASE people of afghanistan lets STOP talking about who we are or where we are from, we NEED to find someone who can lead OUR country.

    DR. BASHERDOST is the person who can do this so vote for him because he is highely educated and allways talks about the future of afghanistan and never talks about his own good like others DESPITE the fact that he is not a FUGHTER from the past who killed our innicient afghans.

    So please i want you to be truely honest when you are voting for the future of OUR beutifull land AFGHANISTAN. AND NEVER EVER THINK ABOUT WHITHER YOUR PASHTUN, HAZARA, TAJIK ETC.

    REGARDS,

    ABASS NAWABI FROM LONDON.

  21. yes i have give yuo all my vot for yuo thanks
    i.m wesh yuor persedint fot the bust presedint
    for afghanistan yuo becaus e afghn people need for yuo helping

  22. Salam to all brothers and sisters,
    I also would like to write my openions regarding Afghanistan Presidential Election on Aug 2009.
    When the final list of candidates was announced I couldn’t find any one to be suitable for the post of Afghanistan’s Presendency exception Dr. Ramazan Bashardost. He is the only one who has the abilty and qualifications for being a national president for Afghanistan. He is the only one who can build our country, who can destry the ethnic, nationality and relegious borders among all the afghan people, he can …
    I will vote for him and ask all the real, honest and faithfull Afghans to vote for him as well.
    Long live Bashardost.


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