Hatred on the rise among the Afghans, Karzai warns US

Hamid Karzai sb04KABUL: The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly reacted at the airdrop of the offensive leaflets aimed at attracting the local support against the Taliban, calling it a psychological war against the Afghan people.

In a statement released by the Office of the former President, Karzai said the presence of the American forces and the violations committed by them has resulted into the growing hatred among the people which is on the rise on daily basis.

Karzai further added he strongly condemns the desecration of the holy verses of Islam in the leaflets.

He said by distributing the offensive leaflets, the American forces have started to play with the emotions and thinking of the Afghan people.

The former Afghan President also warned the United States that the silence of the Afghan people should not be mistaken as their weakness.

A US military official Gen. James Linder in a statement said Wednesday “The design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam.”

Gen. James further added “I sincerely apologize. We have the deepest respect for Islam and our Muslim partners worldwide.”

He said an investigation would be held “to determine the cause of this incident and to hold the responsible party accountable.” -KP

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