Karzai condemns civilian deaths in US drone strike
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned civilian deaths in a US drone strike in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province.
A US drone yesterday hit a house in the district, with local officials saying killed 18 Islamic State (IS) or Daesh militants and four civilians.
But local residents claimed all those killed were civilians.
A statement from Karzai office said the former president had strongly condemned the airstrike in Achin.
He expressed his concern over civilian casualties in Afghanistan and said the six civilians who suffered financial and life losses were strongly condemnable.
Karzai said the outcome of such irresponsible and blind bombardment in Afghan villages would not be good as such strikes could provoke strong reaction from the people of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, a civil society group, Milli Mehwar, also condemned the drone strike in Achin district.
In a statement, the group said the bilateral security agreement with the United States did not mean the Americans could kill the Afghans and use their soil for all kinds of operations.
“To us, the agreement is for protecting the lives of Afghans from terrorists and preventing their attacks on the country’s sovereignty.”
The group also said the Afghan government’s silence over the latest US attack on civilians was of great concern and the silence had created many questions.
It said if the Afghan government could not ask about the Afghan lives lost in such attack, it would lose its legitimacy in the eyes of Afghans.
“We ask the government to completely discharge its responsibility of protecting the lives of people and should investigate any negligence in this regard and compensate the families of victims in line with the international laws.”
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