Mullah Omar can run for president in Afghan elections: Karzai

Published: April 2, 2013

File photo of Mullah Omar. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KABUL: Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar can run for president in the elections next year, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday.

In the interview at the Kabul presidential palace, Karzai said Mullah Omar could become a presidential candidate, giving the Afghans the opportunity to “vote for or against him.”

“The Afghan constitution is valid for all Afghans and the Taliban should also benefit from it,” Karzai said in the interview.

Mullah Muhammad Omar is an Afghan Taliban supreme commander. Reclusive Omar had a $10 million bounty on his head from the US and is a talismanic figure for insurgents in the 10-year war against foreign and Afghan troops.

Karzai had visited Qatar on Sunday to discuss the issue. The Afghan government recently allowed the Taliban to open an office in Qatar on the condition that the outfit breaks association with al Qaeda and abandoning terrorism.

The Afghan president further added that the real problem in the fight against terrorism lies in Pakistan and had not been addressed as yet.

Talking about the polls in Afghanistan, Karzai said that 2014 represents a turning point for Afghanistan — a year in which the West will pull its combat troops from Afghanistan.

The report added that when Karzai’s term comes to an end, he will not be able to compete in the elections, according to the constitution. It added that chances of a peace agreement with the Taliban over the withdrawal of the Western troops are now low.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Alaa Qiadat
    Apr 2, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Electoral symbol “Rocket launcher”

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  • aaamir
    Apr 2, 2013 - 6:23PM

    good and wise decesion by afghan gov,t,today i came 2 know karzai govt is how much sinsere about their country,they don,t want to make their land a bettle field countrary to our so called educated peoples who even oppose the participation of peace loving political parties like ASWJ may ALLAH clean the hearts of these illetrate peoples who r against and dont want the participation of ASWJRecommend

  • Ibrahim
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:06PM

    Hmmmm from a wanted man with a 10m bounty on his head………he may well now be considered as the next Afgan PM……..talk about changes in the region.

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  • The Patriot
    Apr 2, 2013 - 7:39PM

    In line Mr. Karzai’s statements I would like to ask:

    1) What purpose has the Afghan war served? Has the U.S once again failed in a War ?

    2) How does Mr. Karzai justify his government for the past 13 years, if he is willing to accept the legitimacy of the Taliban regime?

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  • asim
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:02PM

    Then why was drama staged?

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  • Enlightened
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:37PM

    What a man, who is going to provide strategic depth to Pakistan but would also take Afghanistan back to stone-age.

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  • Waqar
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:42PM

    If he really said that, then he should immediately pack his bags and hand over Kabul to Taliban. Emirate of Afghanistan will be re-established without all this games.

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 2, 2013 - 8:55PM

    Why should the supreme commander stand for the post of the President, which is usualy given to the Mayor of Kabul, who is also the foreign minister of the country.

    Rex Minor

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  • Ali Khan
    Apr 3, 2013 - 2:33AM

    A happy day for USA AND NATO chill yanks.strong text

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 3, 2013 - 4:06AM

    @The Patriot:

    You got the message! The USA has once again suffered the defeat on the battle ground. When did you last see Lady Clinton? USA has other priorities, defending her allies in the Pacific! John Kerry is trying to be perfectly clear; the achilles heal is in the pacific. The youth President of North Korea is in the ring now!

    Rex Minor

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  • Nauman
    Apr 3, 2013 - 4:07AM

    Karzai makes Idi Amin look rational.

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