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Karzai seeks joint action against Daesh, backs talks with Taliban

hamid-karzai_43KABUL: Central Asia countries should join hands to ward off the threat posed to the region by the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, former president Hamid Karzai has said.

Addressing a news conference in Astana on the sidelines of the Eurasian Media Forum on Friday, he called for unified action against the terrorist group before it strengthened its presence in the region.

Daesh is a foreign conspiracy in Afghanistan, the ex-president was quoted as saying by local TV channels. He reiterated: “It (Daesh) is an entirely foreign project, the project of powers with designs in our part of the world.”

He called narcotics a complex issue whose roots lay beyond Afghanistan and Central Asia, saying strong international mafia members made a fortune from the illicit drug commerce.

Addressing Sultan Nazarbayev University students and teachers, Karzai lamented the Afghans continued to pay a heavy price in the war on terror. He blamed the US for failing to address the rootcause of the scourge.

Karzai assailed the US and its partners for ignoring terrorist sanctuaries, funding and trainingfacilities in the region. “They concentrated on the war in Afghan villages. Today, after 14 years, Afghanistan is not secure…”

The Taliban were dictated by intelligence network, especially by the Pakistan spy service, Karzai alleged. However, for the sake of stability in the country, he supported talks with the militants, saying most of them were Afghans. -Pajhwok


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