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US war on terror failed because sanctuaries in Pakistan remained intact: Karzai

Hamid-KarzaiThe former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the US-led war on terror failed because the extremists’ sanctuaries remained intact in Pakistan.

During an interview with the Russia Today television network, Karzai said Washington should focus on cutting down extremists’ financial sources and training grounds if the country remains sincerely determined to fight terror in all its forms, and its intentions are true.

“The war against terrorism will not succeed unless we fight it in the sanctuaries, in the training grounds, in the motivational factors, in the financial resources to them,” the former President said.

Karzai further added that the reason the United States and its allies failed to provide lasting security to Afghanistan and to do away with extremism and with radicalism is because they began to fight it in Afghan villages, where terrorism wasn’t there anyway in the first place.

“They did not go to the sanctuaries, which were in Pakistan. They did not go to the motivational factors, which were in many other places. They did not go to the financial sources of it, which they knew were where they were,” Karzai added.

Karzai reiterated “If this war is genuinely against terrorism, if the United States wants to succeed, then we know by now that success will not come unless you go to the sanctuaries, you go to the financial sources and all other factors.”

This is not the first the Afghan officials have criticized Pakistan for remaining reckless in acting against the sanctuaries of the Afghan anti-government armed militant groups using the Pakistani soil for their operations in Afghanistan, specifically the Haqqani terrorist network and Taliban group.

President Mohammad Ashraf called on Pakistan to take actions against the Taliban group leadership based in Peshawar and Quetta city, warning that Afghanistan will take diplomatic measures and take the issue to the international organizations, including the UN Security Council if no measures were taken. -KP


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