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Pakistan using terrorism as policy tool, claims Karzai

Pakistan using terrorism as policy tool, claims Karzai

Jan 21, 2015 - 17:19

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Stability would continue to elude the region as long as Pakistaninfo-icon did not stop using terrorism as a policy tool, Afghanistaninfo-icon’s former president alleged on Wednesday.

In an interview with the BBC Pashtoinfo-icon Service, Karzai noted Islamabad’s decision of conducting operations against all militants without any distinction following the Peshawar school attack.

Last month’s Talibaninfo-icon assault on the Army Public School left 142 students dead and nearly 250 others wounded, sparking an outrage from military and civilian leaders.

 However, the ex-president said there had been no perceptible change in Pakistan’s on counter-terrorism policy so far. Although civilian leaders desired security in the region, they were powerless, he claimed. 

“When Pakistan stops using terror as a weapon or a shield, the menace will come to an end the situation will improve automatically,” the former president remarked. 

Asked why Kabul-Islamabad ties remained tense during his 13-year rule, Karzai replied: “Pakistan wanted a relationship that protected its own interest. They asked Afghanistan to compromise its sovereignty…”

However, he added: “I have tried a lot to improve relations with Pakistan. As an independent country, Afghanistan still desires sovereign ties with the neighbour.”

He also took a swipe at the US for leaving Afghanistan high and dry after the Soviet withdrawal, paving the way for foreign meddling. “Pakistan has since been conspiring against us…trying to occupy our country.”

Karzai acknowledged the US and Pakistan had helped him come to power, but that did not mean all his actions were dictated by Kabul and Washington.


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