Karzai asks why allies won't hit Pakistan

Published: July 29, 2010
Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Kabul. PHOTO: REUTERS

Afghan President Hamid Karzai gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Kabul. PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday that Western allies had the ability to strike at Taliban bases in Pakistan, but questioned their willingness to do so.

“The war against terrorism is not in the villages or houses of Afghanistan… but in the sanctuaries, sources of funding and training (of terrorism) and they lie outside Afghanistan,” he told a news conference in the capital.

“It is a different question that whether Afghanistan has the ability to tackle this… but our allies have this capability. The question now is why they are not taking action?”

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  • Sohail
    Jul 29, 2010 - 4:15PM

    He is the biggest lierRecommend

  • Rommel
    Jul 29, 2010 - 5:03PM

    Its Bizzare!Recommend

  • Rommel
    Jul 29, 2010 - 5:06PM

    He should learn lesson from fate of Najib Ullah.Recommend

  • Jul 29, 2010 - 5:44PM

    I am not surprised Mr Karzai has always been critical towards Pakistan. But he is missing a great reality that Pakistan has one of the best forces in the world and is one of the allies in war against terrorism and are capable of curbing the terrorism in country. Mr Karzai now you are very thoughtful about your country when you have lost the trust of Americans. In this situation Mr Karzai should try to develop good relations with the neighboring countries rather than showing desperation. Good relation with Pakistan would help to settle the real issue or reach the solution as Americans have to leave but two countries would exist together forever.Recommend

  • Yusuf
    Jul 29, 2010 - 6:01PM

    Don’t worry, the allies are busy planning the split-up of Afghanistan into Hazara, Pakhtun, and Tajik provinces. So that they can safely escape from Afghanistan; same thing they did with Kurds and Iraqis.Recommend

  • Nida Malik
    Jul 29, 2010 - 6:18PM

    Pakistan is home to thousands of Afghanis and we were the only ones who gave them refuge and help when they needed it. What I fail to understand is why Mr. Karzai fails to remember history.Recommend

  • Asif Khan
    Jul 30, 2010 - 12:40AM

    No surprise from Karzai statement. In fact it has to appear in this tone soon or later for our nation to understand what is the game plan. This is another kind of trap or pressure directly to Army and indirectly on nation.Recommend

  • Jul 30, 2010 - 1:12AM

    Karzai should attack Pakistan himself rather than start a world war to save his own skin (btw Pakistanis attack back!)Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Jul 30, 2010 - 5:41AM

    Why is pakistan not taking action against its own deed. Dumping ISI, killing the bad Taleban and all who perpetrate violence inside and outside the country are few initiative which it can take to revive itself . It has an institution-military which decides the fate of a country . And of-course first its going to look for its own interest . Like getting all the financial perks, letting to rule only those civil government who dances on its tune . Pakistan does not need to maintain half a million of army and can not afford to spend 75% of its GDP on military . It has to find a way to reconcile with India , Afghanistan and Iran . It has a reached to a stage that no country can attack on and has matured enough to listen to problems of other states .


  • SKChadha
    Jul 30, 2010 - 8:05AM

    My brothers ….. Please introspect; due to Indo-Pak strained relations even the pride of a strong Pakistan is also shaken? A country which was comparable to India at partition, having more fertile land, better industrial towns, more natural resources and higher per capita income, is going down in jingoism, terrorism and antagonism? Please also realize that Pakistan which boasts of being a Muslim nation, rather than being a guiding light of Islam and its propagator, is now tarnishing its image by radicalization. The terrorist elements in Pakistan are not denigrating the teachings of tolerance in Islam? Are you not feeling hurt when beautiful and largest religion known as Islam is dragged in terrorism?

    In my opinion a true Muslim should be first and foremost to support eradication of this menace of terrorism and bring its perpetrators to justice, isn’t it? The issue is not alone of Mumbai carnage, it requires to be looked in by broader prospective of having trust in actions of the nation as a whole. How one can build trust or be in peace with a nation which is having gun tottering terrorist on its back and is covertly sheltering them and calling international terror dossiers, voluminous field reports, intelligence gathering not by one nation but by host of nations as ‘mere literature’? Indians understand the difficulties faced by Pakistan’s fragile democracy, but what to do, its past experience as to delivery of promises on overt or covert support to such activities is not good.

    Blinking eyes on facts is neither going to help Pakistan nor anybody else? What we require, for international peace to which Pakistan is also committed, is the action against culprits of Mumbai carnage. Whosoever, they are and whatever be named by you? They may be state, non-state, in-state, out-state, over-state actors, establishments, enterprises, forces etc. Pakistan in its international dealings is required to ensure investigation on its soil to book the culprits. In the process it is Pakistan to see what ever law, democratic, dictatorial or religious, it applies for such bookings?Recommend

  • s faisal
    Jul 30, 2010 - 11:44AM

    Karzai language used but it is Americans comments.as long as Pakistan rulers are under US influence they will face these humiliating worlds.make power not through Washington but through Pakistan,s peoples.If acceptance of US dictation continue the gov will be toppled by anti us Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Shiraz Mughal
    Jul 31, 2010 - 2:39AM

    This is how an Afghan feels towards Pakistan. Good to know! What we need to do is pack all the Afghan’s and send them back to their forgotten land. Recommend

  • Irtaza Malik Awan
    Jul 31, 2010 - 9:56AM

    We are wasting our time, energy and treasure with this God forsaken land called Afghanistan. After many years of toiling with this harsh land and even harsher people the only thing that comes to mind now is one word: “dis-engagaement.” We need to get the heck out of this place, fence the border (even if Karzai “the smuggler” and his Western and Indian handlers whines as much as they want to). Fencing the border will alone cost something like US$ 2 billion or so. This will geenrate tremendous amount of economic activity also over the time for those areas near the border. We do not need Afghanistan, they can do whatever they want to (which at best they are going to acomplish killing each other). Don’t give them any transit trade route (Indians with their saliva dipping from their heneous mouths looking to travel through Pakistan with their third grade products to Afghanistan can go look somewhere else for this privlege), nothing, complete disengagement. Just leave this place alone and let Karzai rot in his presidential palace until some pashtun gets to him eventually and hangs him butt-naked in a market square.Recommend

  • Nina
    Jul 31, 2010 - 12:54PM

    Karzai is obviously a coward, why does he ask others to hit Pakistan? Why doesn’t he send his Afghan army? Recommend

  • mushtaq
    Aug 1, 2010 - 2:51AM

    I find it very offensive that the world including USA and UK are treating our great nation of Pakistan with such contempt and hate, putting all the blame on us. We are a great country and for the sake of honour of our people we should refuse to accept all the billions of dollars,pounds and euros being given to us in aid, in retaliation.

    LOng live Pakistan !!!!Recommend

  • Aug 5, 2010 - 6:12PM

    Khan says: “Pakistan has one of the best forces in the world and capable of curbing the terrorism in country”
    Yeah, they have power to get rid of the TTP. Thats why another suicide bomber striked in Peshawar killing FC Commandent. Thats why eighty people got killed in an ethnic warfare within three days in Karachi and nobody got arrested!!
    Congrats, We got the best Security forces and Intelligance Agency in the world. [Sarcasm]Recommend

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