Karzai urges more focus on rooting out militants in Pakistan

“By bombing and droning Afghans or Afghan villages, you will not win this war because it isn’t here, we are victims”, Karzai said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

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KABUL: The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged for more focus on rooting out militants in Pakistan, joining the Afghan government officials who are criticizing Pakistan for allowing the Afghan militant groups to use its soil for attacks in Afghanistan.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the former President saidthe U.S. has prolonged the conflict with its policies, urging more focus on rooting out militants in Pakistan, where former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike in May.

“By bombing and droning Afghans or Afghan villages, you will not win this war because it isn’t here,” Karzai said. “We are victims.”

The remarks by Karzai comes President Ghani appeared in a press conference by concluding a visit to Poland where he participated in Warsaw summit.

Ghani also called on Pakistan to take actions against the militant groups based in the country and acting against Afghanistan.

“We don’t expect Pakistan to bring us peace. We want Pakistan to banish those groups from its territory that fight against Afghanistan,” Ghani said.

President Ghani further added that “war is imposed on us, and we don’t want war. We want a durable peace. All our neighbouring countries should respect our sovereignty.”

The Afghan officials have long been raising concerns regarding the presence of the Taliban group and Haqqani network leadership councils in Pakistan.

They are saying that the two groups are having leadership councils based in both Quetta and Peshawar cities of Pakistan from where they launch attacks in Afghanistan. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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  1. To expect Pakistan to destroy the sanctuaries of the terrorists is not in their national interest. To expect them to do so is nothing but to ask some one to cut his four limbs.
    Afghanistan is the prime target but there are more targets for Pakistani establishment for example Kashmir subversive activities in India, to twist Iran arm now and then and to defend the so called ideological borders.
    The USA is pursuing a policy to deal with terrorists and its abettor but at the same time not to upset the strategically important corridor. It is prolonging war, miseries of afghans on both side of the line and cost a lot to American Tax payers. The USA must sort out its priority which is more urgent to deal with.
    The NATO conference in Warsaw was a great success but the message to Pakistan or any other country supporting terror was not as clear as we were expecting.
    Pakistan realizing its strategic importance will not let it go like that. Pakistan is milking two cows at a time. China friendship though by default is more important for china than Pakistan. China too does not have very excellent relation with its neighbors. CPEC is success story for China to break its seige.
    Afghanistan must go diplomatic offensive and leave no doubt in one’s mind that war torn and destroyed country can be black mailed. Unlike Pakistan it is a Watan with its intrinsic strength holding it together for last 300 hundred years.

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