Former Afghan President urges US to impose sanctions on Pakistan’s security establishment

FILE PHOTO - Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai speaks during an interview in Kabul December 25, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo - RTS12FHP

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KABUL: The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged the United States to impose sanctions on Pakistan’s military and intelligence as he accused the two institutions of harboring the Taliban militants.

Karzai made the remarks during an exclusive interview with the Associated Press where he echoed the complaints from the government of Afghanistan regarding the safe havens of the Taliban in Pakistan.

Pointing towards the recent Tweet of the President Donald Trump regarding Pakistan, Karzai said “We hope the U.S. will now act in Pakistan.”

But he added that “doesn’t mean that the Pakistan people should be hurt or that war should be launched in Pakistan.”

“In other words I want the U.S. to impose sanctions on the Pakistan military and the intelligence, not on the Pakistani people,” Karzai said.

This comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for failing to act against the safe havens and leadership councils of the Taliban and Haqqani network in its soil.

However, the Pakistani officials reject the allegations of the Afghan officials sayig there is no organized presence of the terror networks in its soil.

The US President Donald Trump earlier last month criticized Pakistan in strong words for harboring the terrorist groups despite receiving billions in aid to support the counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump said in a Twitter post.

By Kadwal, Kabul

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