In an ambitious and politically controversial move, Ahmad Law office in Kabul opened its doors on Saturday, after months of delays, with the office now being run by a new, pro-government administration.
The office was established by former Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah in 2016 after the death of his father, Abdullah Abdullah, in 2015.
Ahmad Abdullah was killed in a car accident in November 2015, and his widow was awarded the post of acting Prime Minister in a power struggle that saw Abdullah replaced by Abdullahi.
The new office, which was inaugurated by former President Ashraf Ghani, is the first of its kind in Afghanistan.
“We are here to give our support to the new government and to the people of Afghanistan,” said Hamid Shahzad, Ahmad’s nephew, in a press conference at the office.
“This office is to be an instrument of power for the Afghan people and not to act as an instrument to undermine the government of the president,” Shahzam said.
The newly appointed office is also the first in the country to be run by an elected government, and is expected to attract a large number of foreign clients, who have been barred from the country since 2016.
“In the past, foreign clients were banned from Afghanistan because of corruption allegations.
They would come here and then be charged and brought to court,” said Ahmadi Ahmad, a foreign affairs analyst and founder of Ahmadabad Forum, an online magazine that covers the country.
“We hope that the new administration will take these issues into account and act against these corruption charges, which are the root cause of this war and insecurity,” Ahmad added.
The decision to open the office in Afghanistan’s third city came after Ghani and Ahmad announced that they would be establishing a new political party, and have appointed a new president.
Ghani, who was a leader of the opposition in the 1990s, was also elected in 2018, and has since become Afghanistan’s longest-serving president.
He was sworn in as president on Friday, and was inaugurated as the country’s second president on Saturday.
Ahmadi Abdullah said that the office will work to bring a political solution to the country, and will also try to help the Afghan government establish stability.
“The office will also be a tool to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and a way to create a functioning political system,” he said.