KABUL : Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Thursday said the holding of a Loya Jirga was critical and that it was extremely important for Afghanistan to project a united front. He said this was in order for people to come together to resolve the crisis the country is facing.
He said a Loya Jirga should be held as soon as possible
and must include all stakeholders from politicians, to
tribal elders, civil society activists, through to
members of the public.
In addition he said he was against the US’s new war
strategy, which he said did not carry a message of
peace. Karzai stated he also sent a letter to the
Taliban asking them to join the peace talks process.
According to him, he told the Taliban that all their war
was doing was killing the people and destroying their
He also called on the country to stand together in order
to work towards strong cooperation and friendship with
all foreign parties including the US, other countries
and neighboring states.
Karzai said that when he was president he was opposed to
the war, a stance that still stands today. He said
during his presidency he visited Pakistan over 20 times
and told them Afghanistan only wanted good relations
Karzai said Pakistan’s role in the peace process was
critical and without this, peace will be impossible in
both Afghanistan and Pakistan. He went on to say that
Pakistan has not been honest in its dealings with
Afghanistan over the years and at times comes across as
being an ally of the US and at other times as an ally of
He said both the US and Pakistan have done exactly what
they want in Afghanistan. “I hope that Pakistan knows
today that it cannot force Afghanistan to reach their
goals,” he said.
“We know we have a historical problem with Pakistan,” he
added but went on to say “we still want good relations
with Pakistan and we want very good relationships with
other neighboring countries.” He however said he would
not accept the Durand Line as the official border
between the two countries.
He also labeled Daesh and al-Qaeda as terrorists and
condemned the Taliban for their actions in terms of
He also condemned US airstrikes but emphasized the need
to sit and talk peace with the Taliban. However, he
noted that he did not want the US to withdraw from the
country but that “their presence must benefit
Karzai said he only wanted success for the national
unity government saying it was in fact his “legacy”.
Originally published by INP