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Some regional states benefit from Afghan instability: Omar

Some regional states benefit from Afghan instability: Omar

Feb 21, 2011 - 20:41

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Certain powerful countries in the region are trying to fuel instability in Afghanistaninfo-icon in a bid to promote their personal interests, President Hamid Karzai's spokesman alleged on Monday.

"We once again ask these countries not to use Afghanistan as a battleground, because this has already resulted in the killing of many innocent and defenceless people," Waheed Omar told a news conference in Kabul.

Without naming any country, he hoped the Afghans who were being used to perpetuate the insecurity in their homeland by launching attacks on private businesses would soon realise their mistake.

Once such a realisation dawned upon the fighters, the government would welcome them to join the peace drive, the spokesman said, adding that the militants had changed their tactics.

In most of the recent incidents, the insurgents targeted ordinary people, Omar said. "Over the past couple of weeks the enemies of Afghanistan targeted several civil institutions, soft targets and Afghan civilians in populated areas."

He believed certain powers in the region benefitted from instability and insecurity in Afghanistan and "we want these powers to stop killing the innocent Afghans".

The government was looking into civilian casualties during NATOinfo-icon-led air raids in Ghaziabad district of eastern Kunar province. To prevent such attacks, the government was working on a new strategy, he said.

More than 250 people have been killed and wounded in attacks by the militants in Kabul, Nangarhar, Khost and Kunduz provinces.


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