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October 18, 2016

US playing double game in Afghanistan: Karzai

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October 18, 2016

KABUL: former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the Americans are ignoring to target the terrorists beyond the Afghan borders, accusing the United States for playing double game in Afghanistan, reports foreign media.

In interview, Karzai said the Americans are ignoring the pleas by the Afghans to target extremism beyond the Afghan borders, emphasizing that the US should admit it failed its mission to bring peace and security to Afghanistan.

Karzai further added that the United States must seek help from the big neighbors of Afghanistan, including Russia, China, India, and Iran and find ways of addressing the issue of radicalism with these countries, insisting that these countries are also affected.

According to Karzai, Pakistan should also be engaged in a manner to help ease to compete against extremism. However, he said the US and Pakistan lack interest in stopping Afghan war and stall progress of Afghan peace talks.

The former Afghan President also added that Taliban can’t be defeated in war and only peace talks can bring the civil strife of the Afghan nation to an end. He said the Afghan people can reconcile with Taliban emphasizing that ‘they are Afghans like us but poppy growing is a real curse’.

Karzai also warned the Taliban group that they will not be able to overrun the whole country and will manage to seize a few provincial capitals. The other issues the former President pointed were Pakistan’s desire dominance in Afghanistan and US drone strikes that prevent in seeking peace and are making Taliban fight harder instead of forcing them to start talks.

 

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