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Hamid Karzai blames foreign govts for corruption


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Hamid Karzai—AP Photo
Afghan President Hamid Karzai. — AP Photo

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai charged the countries that fund his government and military with enabling the widespread corruption that undermines his efforts to establish rule of law in the war-wracked country.    

Karzai said in a nationally televised speech Saturday that the Afghan government had been making strides in cleaning up corruption within its own ranks.

He said there was still plenty of work to be done, but argued that internal graft was negligible compared with hundreds of millions of dollars spent by foreign governments in shady dealings.

International donors have long argued that they have been trying to help Karzai's administration clean up the endemic corruption but have been stymied by his unwillingness to prosecute political allies.

Karzai frequently levels attacks on his foreign allies, blaming them for Afghanistan's ills.

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raika45 Dec 22, 2012 10:43am
What shady dealings can foreigners do in an almost bankrupt country? Almost all infrastructure is financed by them.
Peace Only Dec 22, 2012 12:08pm
It is Hamid Karzai's old habit to bite those who nourish him..... keep it up Mr. Karzai... I think, it is the beginning of your end....
M. Asghar Dec 22, 2012 01:46pm
President Karzai is right that the foreign aid giving governments not only practise corruption but also corrupt the local society for their geopolitical interests .
siddiq karim Dec 22, 2012 03:14pm
Maybe if he takes off his people deceiving green shawl he will be able to look at himself and the corruption.