“I can never talk in favourable terms about planes that are shooting people or bombing people,” said Mr Karzai when The Washington Post asked him if he believed US drone strikes in Pakistan were effective. – Photo by Reuters (File)

WASHINGTON: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to endorse US drone strikes inside Pakistan, saying that he could not talk in favourable terms about bombing people.

In an interview to a US media outlet, Mr Karzai also showed an unusual understanding of Pakistan’s problems in dealing with the militants.

A new report by the ProPublica investigative news organisation on Monday claimed that Washington was wrestling with the dilemma over how much to pressure Pakistan to act against Lashkar-e-Taiba.

A bipartisan report, sent to the Obama administration and Congress earlier this week, even recommended using drones to destroy LeT hideouts in Fata.

“My nature is not one that appreciates military. I’m not a pro-gun person, I don’t like guns or aeroplanes, so I can never talk in favourable terms about planes that are shooting people or bombing people,” said Mr Karzai when The Washington Post asked him if he believed US drone strikes in Pakistan were effective.

“For the initial years, I was highly critical of Pakistan and their lack of action on the sanctuaries. Now I see Pakistan suffering more than we are in lots of ways.”

Opinion

Editorial

Saudi FM’s visit
17 Apr, 2024

Saudi FM’s visit

AFTER a two-day stay, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, accompanied by a delegation including other...
Dharna inquiry
17 Apr, 2024

Dharna inquiry

THE Supreme Court-sanctioned inquiry into the infamous Faizabad dharna of 2017 has turned out to be a damp squib. A...
Future energy
17 Apr, 2024

Future energy

PRIME MINISTER Shehbaz Sharif’s recent directive to the energy sector to curtail Pakistan’s staggering $27bn oil...
Tough talks
Updated 16 Apr, 2024

Tough talks

The key to unlocking fresh IMF funds lies in convincing the lender that Pakistan is now ready to undertake real reforms.
Caught unawares
Updated 16 Apr, 2024

Caught unawares

The government must prioritise the upgrading of infrastructure to withstand extreme weather.
Going off track
16 Apr, 2024

Going off track

LIKE many other state-owned enterprises in the country, Pakistan Railways is unable to deliver, while haemorrhaging...