In an interview with the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the former President said “a return to power for himself would be a failure for Afghanistan’s democratic transition.
He ws commenting regarding his hopes for his successor Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who took the office as the new Afghan President in September 2014.
In other parts of the interview, Karzai discussed how his country has dealt with the challenges of conflict that transcends borders. He reflected on his time in office, and remarked that while he would not have done many things differently, he would have spoken differently.
He also discussed the historical roots of the current conflict in Afghanistan, notably the legacies left by colonialism and the invasion by the Soviet Union, which have led to troubles such as the conflict with Pakistan over the Durand line.
He looked at where the responsibility lies for failures during the war in Afghanistan and the importance of building trust with Pakistan moving forward.
He also encouraged Syrians to find a solution to their conflict among themselves and not leave their fate to foreign powers. He also urged European countries to accept more Afghan asylum seekers. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES