Afghanistan could be split into eight different kingdoms – with some ruled by the Taliban.
The blueprint for the future of Afghanistan, code-named Plan C, has been created by the Conservative MP and Foreign Office aide Tobias Ellwood and could relegate President Hamid Karzai.
It has been confirmed by senior government sources that Plan C has been presented to Foreign Secretary William Hague and to the White House.
But critics have warned that Britain should not be imposing a system on Afghanistan and instead should be concentrating on removing military forces by 2014.
According to the Independent of Sunday, the report reads: ‘The Taliban will not enter into a meaningful dialogue if there is no feasible political strategy within which they can participate… An alternative solution [offers] a less centralised political structure that better reflects the ethnic make-up of the country, the already established economic hubs and the regional interest of the Taliban, who might then be encouraged towards a political settlement.’
The plan divides Afghanistan into eight zones – Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, Jalalabad, Khost and Bamyan.
The zones would be ran by a council representing different ethnic groups and overseen by one or more foreign countries.
Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, told the Independent on Sunday: ‘Splitting the country into such regions will result in the empowerment of what we have started calling ‘local (or regional) power brokers’ and what was known as ‘warlords’ before, whose misrule between 1992 and 1996 caused the rise of the Taliban in the first place.