ISIS fighters are being controlled by a sinister agency from across the border: Karzai

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Pakistan using terrorism as tool against immediate neighbors 

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said Pakistan is still using terrorism as a tool against its immediate neighbors.

In his speech at a think tank in New Delhi, Karzai said ‘the war on terror has failed to discourage Pakistan from using terrorism and religious radicalism as tools against its immediate neighbors.’

The former Afghan President further added that the Islamic State militants who have emerged as a new threat to Afghanistan were finding support from a ‘sinister agency” from “across the border”.

“We know that the IS in Afghanistan is made of foreign fighters. We know that these fighters are being controlled by a sinister agency from across the border,” Karzai was quoted as saying in a report by The Hindu newspaper.

In other parts of his speech, Karzai blamed the United States-backed radicalisation movements during the Cold War era for the troubles facing South Asia and West Asia-North Africa. The fallout of radicalisation has been long term and has surrounded the entire region and spread to Iraq and Syria, he said.

“Pakistan is paying a price of the radicalisation process that began in the anti-Soviet jihad. Just last week, some of the best educated people of Pakistan died in an attack in Quetta. We therefore are appealing to brothers in Pakistan so that we can have civilised relationship and show that religion is for good purposes,” Karzai said.

The remarks came as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for allowing the Afghan militant groups, specifically the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network leaderships to use its soil and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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  1. Mr Karzai statement has come at a time when a new threat of ISIS is emerging in Afghanistan. The terrorism has always been a tool in the hands of the rulers of Pakistani rulers. Up to Gen. Zia rule it was either political or directly by the army itself.
    After private “holy war” by “Ahle-Kitab” against the godless U.S.S.R. a secret long veritable arm was created to find strategic depth and to protect the Ideological borders in the form of Hizb. The present lot in any form is the descendant of that.
    But the irony is the task was given to Pakistan to wage a war against the terror which was their own introduction in world body politics. How on earth one can be expected to chop off his long arm which is at work in Afghanistan , India, Chechnia and eastern districts of China. Isn’t a silly notion?

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