19 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 23, 1435

Afghan President Hamid Karzai.—AFP Photo

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday addressed the possibility of signing a strategic pact with Pakistan, which he accuses of harbouring Taliban insurgents.

“We are happy to have strategic relations with Pakistan. We want this strategic pact with Pakistan. But we want some conditions and preconditions from Pakistan.

“First they should stop terrorists, suicide bombers crossing to Afghanistan,” he said. “If these conditions are met – terrorism is stopped, extremism is dismantled, anti-Afghan activities are stopped, destruction of Afghanistan is stopped, friendship starts between the two countries which hasn’t happened so far – then a strategic pact would be signed between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

President Karzai, while addressing a news conference in Kabul, criticised Western media for gloomy predictions about Afghanistan’s future once US-led foreign forces withdraw from the war against Taliban insurgents in 2014.

“This is a psychological war by the Western media against Afghanistan: once the foreign troops pull out, Afghanistan will be poor, there will be civil war and the Taliban will return, etcetera,” Karzai said.

The president said he had raised the issue with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a visit to the United States for the UN General Assembly last week.

“I believe if the objective is to influence future agreements on the number of US military bases, the presence of US troops beyond 2014 – it can’t achieve this through psychological war,” he said.

The United States has said it does not seek permanent bases in Afghanistan, but is expected to keep a small force in the country after 2014 for counter-terror operations. Details have not yet been agreed.

Karzai mentioned in particular The New York Times, BBC and CNN, adding, however, that “unfortunately, local media, television and radios and analysts are also predicting civil war in Afghanistan once foreign troops pull out”.

Respected Afghan expert Gilles Dorronsoro of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is just one among many analysts who have predicted renewed strife in Afghanistan.

“After 2014, the level of US support for the Afghan regime will be limited and, after a new phase in the civil war, a Taliban victory will likely follow,” he wrote recently.


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Comments (13) (Closed)


akhter husain
Oct 04, 2012 12:47pm
Such predictions are normally part of the plan stronger powers usually practice for their return.after vacating..Afghan people can avert it by dispelling their differences. .
Muhammad
Oct 06, 2012 02:22am
Yeah take your people out of my country and let's put a wall and keep your money to yourself don't need nothing to do with you
ali
Oct 04, 2012 12:58pm
Gilles Dorronnsoro`s comments seem to have weight.Presently the Afghan president is in no position to dictate terms, he should take back all Afghans residing in Pakistan before talks can even be held on the conditions that he has made public.
Matthew Levi Lim
Oct 05, 2012 05:34am
Kabul Bank lost one billion dollars about 1 to 2 years ago. All the transaction end up in the United States. Karzai's brother was one of the owner. I wonder how much Karzai and his family in the United States accumulated from the 1 billion dollars.
Ashraf
Oct 04, 2012 01:27pm
Ali-Khameni is also playing the dirty politics with Russians silently.
Ashraf
Oct 04, 2012 01:24pm
This was expected.Nothing is permanent in Politics.Today Karzai is Pro-Pakistani,tomorrow he will change his stand and become Pro-Irani,Pro-Russian or Pro-Indian.
A.Shah
Oct 04, 2012 02:17pm
First of all Karzai should do same for Pakistan, have a better control in Kabul, call all ungrateful Afghans back to Afghanistan. If Karzai can do this than he has the right to put conditions on Pakistan where 3 million Afghans are given refuge.
Jimmy
Oct 04, 2012 11:58pm
We are not interested in a strategic agreement with Afghanistan until they stop cross border raids into Pakistani border areas
Ahmed Rehan
Oct 04, 2012 01:59pm
He speaks what ever taught by his Indian bosses.
Agha
Oct 04, 2012 03:36pm
Mr Karzai, Pakistan would be delighted to send back to you all of the Afghan refugees, even if they have unlawfully settled deep inside Pakistani cities. We would also like these Afghans, who have now significantly outlived their welcome, to take back with them their militancy, their opium trade, their ignorant version of Islam, their weapons....well, you get the point. Mr Karzai, your people have been thankless guests in Pakistan. Frankly, they are a cancer to Pakistan. You should accept Pakistani proposals to mine the entire border to stop this alleged crossing of terrorists into Afganistan......forget about your objections on the Durand line......agree to the mining of the border now!
nsrao
Oct 05, 2012 05:56pm
Same holds for Pakistanis . All Kashmir refugees who owe allegiance to West-Pakistan should be deported from Indian territory , may be all Muslims to Pakistan .
Cyrus Howell
Oct 05, 2012 07:10am
You do it. No. You do it. No, you will do it. No we won't. You will. No. You will. No, we won't. You stop them. No, You stop them.
Pro Truth
Oct 04, 2012 01:09pm
Mayor of Kabul couldnt manage Afghanistan with help of NATO since a decade, and he wants the world to beleive, he will be fine once they leave and he can have better control over Afghanistan. I doubt he can stay a single second after the US has left the country! Stop complaining about Pakistan, bring back all Afghans from Pakistan and seal your borders and be protected from evil Pakistan!