Karzai concerned over Afghans seeking asylum in Europe
KABUL (Pajhwok): Accusing Pakistani intelligence agencies of being behind the unrest in Afghanistan, former president Hamid Karzai said he was concerned about the hundreds of Afghans seeking asylum in European countries.
Karzai, who was addressing a ceremony marking the 14th death anniversary of the national hero, Ahmad Shah Massoud, in Kabul said a number of Afghan Taliban had themselves acknowledged their leaders were being chosen by the Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, Pakistan’s premier intelligence service.
Massoud, who fought against the Russians and then went on to resist Pakistan-backed Taliban, was assassinated by two Arabs posing as journalists in Takhar province on Sept 9, 2001, two days before the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
Speaking at his death anniversary, Karzai said some Afghan youths were trying to reach foreign countries, they should be prevented and jobs should be created for them at home.
“Some youth go abroad from this mujahid land, why? To earn a loaf of bread and to find work? They can find a loaf of bread and work at home country if they try so,” the former president said.
“You must get education and should not go abroad, build your country better than the countries you intend to go. You have everything here, but the condition is a little hard work.”
The number of Afghans seeking asylum in industrialised nations has now surpassed all previous years since 2001, with the UN refugee agency reporting a 65 percent surge in applications in 2014 over the previous year.
New figures from the agency show Afghans constitute 14 percent of the 381,412 people recorded as having arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, making them the second largest migrant group after Syrians
Karzai also said Taliban commander Mansoor Dadullah had said a few days ago that he left Pakistan because their leaders were being appointed by that country’s intelligence agencies.
He quoted Dadullah as saying: “I was called by ISI officials to their office and ordered me to kill tribal and jihadi leaders in Afghanistan and in return I will get one-third of their assistance with the Taliban. But Dadullah refused and ended up in jail and finally he was able to flee and reach Afghanistan.”
Karzai said he knew these things from the past and Dadullah’s claims were nothing new for him.
The former president said Afghanistan had many martyrs who should be praised.
The ceremony was also addressed by Second Deputy Chief Executive Officer Haji Mohammad Mohaqqeq, who praised Ahmad Shah Massoud and other martyred Afghan leaders for their heroism and sacrifices for Afghanistan.
He said the Afghans had been defending their country for the last four decades and were ready to do so at the cost of their lives.
He said the Taliban new leader’s ascension to the throne took place in Pakistan, where he was pledged allegiance and from where he declared jihad against the Afghan government in violation of Islam.
“According to which religion, jihad is legitimate in Afghanistan? If it is due to the presence of a reduced number of foreigners then more foreigners exist in Pakistan than Afghanistan,” he said.
He said some circles at the behest of others were out to fuel wars and sectarian tension in Muslim countries and Afghanistan was among the countries who were victim of these conspiracies.
Muhaqqeq also expressed his concern over migration of Afghans to foreign countries, saying some countries wanted to deprive Afghanistan of skilled youth, urging the youth to frustrate the enemy plot for refusing to go to foreign countries. He asked the unity government to assure the youth that it was creating jobs for them.
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