US, Pakistan interests determine Afghan events: Karzai
“I think a combination... of the two, of the US interests in the region and Pakistani interests in Afghanistan and the nature of their relations with India has been determining events in Afghanistan - negatively, unfortunately,” Karzai told RT in an interview yesterday.
That would turn into positive and then Afghan would have peace, hoped Karzai. “Other than that, we will not see peace in Afghanistan and the region will, as a result, further destabilize.”
Karzai said when the Americans arrived in 2001 together with the rest of international community, Afghans were liberated, but what was then called the "War on Terror", was not conducted properly and in the right place.
“Today, as you see, things are not happy in Afghanistan, we have tremendous insecurity, so today, as far as security is concerned, and the campaign against extremism is concerned, we are unhappy.”
The former Afghan leader said the US should explain its ‘failure’ in Afghanistan on security front and seek help from Afghanistan’s neighbours -- Russia, China, India and Iran -- and find ways of addressing the issue of radicalism together.
“Because Russia too is affected, because China too is affected, because India is affected as well, and because Iran is an important neighbour of Afghanistan,” he said.
“We also have to factor in Pakistan here, and engage with them in a manner that will bring us an ease in campaign extremism.”
Karzai advised the US to reconsider its approach to the war against terrorism and admit the truth and to seek help.
“What I meant was that the US must now sit down and admit the mistakes and begin a new course - a change of course is required.”
The former president sought a correction in the manner, policies, and strategy being pursued in the fight against radicalism.
“Because the sources of this conflict are not in Afghanistan, they are outside of Afghanistan, and the US has been ignoring that four years in spite of our repeated calls to them and repeated pleas with them.”
About Taliban’s advances, Karzai said the rebels could not win the war, they should free themselves from the influence of outsiders and come to their country and seek peace here.
“You cannot win it by war. Have you won it by war? No! Therefore, to the Taliban who are Afghans we extend a hand of friendship and brotherhood and compatriotism.”
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